Category: Landmark, Mosque
Location: Tawau, Sabah
Ratings: * Size is not everything
The Al-Kauthar Mosque in Tawau is the largest mosque in Sabah. Construction of the mosque started on 19th June 1997, and was completed almost 5 years later in October 2002. It was officially opened by the then Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail on 13th October 2004.
The mosque, which costs RM31.5 million to build, can accommodate 17,000 people. Its size, however, is its only draw. The mosque’s bland design is a letdown. The white squarish building is topped by a 58-m high dome with a circumference of 20m. At least the promenade at the back of the mosque has a good view of the sea. The older mosque, located along Jalan Masjid near most of Tawau’s hotels, is more architecturally interesting.
Getting there: Located right next to the bus station in the centre of town.