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Monday, 11-Jun-2007 09:36
Masjid Ubudiah, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.

Masjid Ubudiah is Perak's royal mosque, and is located in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Malaysia. The mosque was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback, a government architect who is notably credited for the design of the Ipoh railway station and the Kuala Lumpur railway station. Construction began in 1910 but it was abandoned during World War I.

The stunning Ubudiah Mosque with its golden domes and minarets has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. It has graced many a magazine cover, and is a source of pride to the locals as well as a symbol of their faith.

It was built during the reign of Sultan Idris Mursyidul Azam Shah I (1887-1916), the 28th Perak ruler.

There were problems during its construction, which started in 1913. Once, two elephants belonging to Sultan Idris and Raja Chulan ran over the expensive imported Italian marble tiles. The outbreak of the First World War caused a delay in replacing the marble, and the mosque was completed only in 1917, when it was officially opened by Sultan Abdul Jalil Karamtullah Shah.

The burial site for Perak's royal family is also found near the mosque.

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