Information about Masjid al-Dahab
The Manila Golden Mosque and Cultural Center, otherwise known as the Masjid al-Dahab, is located in the abundantly Muslim section of the district of Quiapo in Manila, Philippines and is considered to be the largest mosque in Metro Manila. Its most prominent feature is its golden dome, explaining its name.
A mix of foreign and local influences is incorporated into the mosque. Its dome and former minaret are patterned after structures in the Middle East, while its geometric designs borrow a great deal from the colors of Maranao, Maguindanao, and Tausug art. The Golden Mosque's style and design are very much in line with typical Arab architecture, with pointed arches, multitudes of columns, gold finishes, ornate iron works, colorful mosaic walls, a dome, and minarets.
The mosque serves the numerous Muslims residing in the area, as well as in Binondo near Quiapo. The mosque is large enough to accommodate 3,000 worshippers. Usually, the mosque is full every Friday noon during the Islamic day of worship.
Tickets and entry
As it is a place of worship, there is no entrance fee to enter Masjid al-Dahab, but you can donate money as you exit the mosque. Please note that you need to dress modestly in loose clothing covering your arms and legs to be able to get in. You will also need to take off your shoes before entering the mosque.
Best time to visit
If you want to see the mosque with worshippers, visit on a Friday noon, but note that the mosque may be packed during this time. If you want to see it with fewer people, you can go any other day of the week.