Id Kah Mosque the religious center of Uighur

Id Kah Mosque Kashgar Xinjiang
Located in the heart of the city of Kashgar, Id Kah Mosque is typical of Uygur Islamic architecture. Being one of the largest mosques in China, it can accommodate up to 20,000 people for religious holidays or the Friday prayers. The mosque is busy and its vast esplanade serves as a meeting place.

Huge Shrine

The mosque covers 16,800 m² in the center of Kashgar. Symbolizing the center of the old city, it was built in 1442 for the ruler of the time on the former site of a cemetery so he could pray his family and his dead friends. It was enlarged a century later and underwent several improvements over the centuries. It is now one of the largest mosques in China, and definitely the largest in Xinjiang. Its courtyard generally attracts 7,000 worshipers and hold 20,000 people during religious holidays! The mosque is busy since the Uighurs practicing their religion every day.

Uygur Islamic Mosque

With its two minarets flanking the front door and yellow bricks, Id Kah Mosque is typical of Uygur Islamic architecture. The interior courtyards and gardens have attracted many visitors. The walls are decorated with mosaics, paintings and sculptures. Its fine and neat construction goes with the correct proportions for each room. The prayer hall, meanwhile, is so huge that it is supported by 140 pillars of wood painted green.

Open to Non-Muslims

As it is admired as a beautiful shrine by all, it is possible to visit the mosque outside of prayer times for non-Muslims. Both men and women must cover their legs and then fully arm. Women must also cover their hair, and this is essential. In a foreign country, showing respect for the local culture is quite essential.

  • Best time to visit

    Jul. Aug. Sep. 
  • Altitude

    1 289M Altitude Id Kah Mosque
Scroll to top
  • 21-day Silk Road expedition

    21-day Silk Road expedition

    21 days - from $3,941

  • visit Old town of Turpan

    Old town of Turpan

  • visit Grape Valley

    Grape Valley

  • visit Jiaohe Ruins

    Jiaohe Ruins

  • visit Karez Water System

    Karez Water System

  • visit Turpan Museum

    Turpan Museum

  • visit Dinner in Uyghur Family

    Dinner in Uyghur Family

  • visit Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

    Bezeklik Thousand Buddha Caves

  • visit Astana-karakhoja Ancient tombs

    Astana-karakhoja Ancient tombs

  • visit Ancient City of Gaochang

    Ancient City of Gaochang

  • visit Bosten Lake

    Bosten Lake

  • visit Subashi ruins

    Subashi ruins

  • visit Kuqa Old Town

    Kuqa Old Town

  • visit Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

    Kizil Thousand Buddha Caves

  • visit Hotan Cultural Museum

    Hotan Cultural Museum

  • visit Damagou Temple

    Damagou Temple

  • visit Atlas Silk Workshop

    Atlas Silk Workshop

  • visit White Jade Factory

    White Jade Factory

  • visit Melikawat Ruins

    Melikawat Ruins

  • visit Kashgar Grand Bazaar

    Kashgar Grand Bazaar

  • visit Abakh Hoja Tomb

    Abakh Hoja Tomb

  • visit Kashgar Old Town

    Kashgar Old Town

  • visit Karakul Lake

    Karakul Lake

  • visit Erdaoqiao market

    Erdaoqiao market

  • visit Heavenly Lake

    Heavenly Lake

  • visit Kalamaili Ungulate Nature Reserve

    Kalamaili Ungulate Nature Reserve

  • visit Tuva Villages

    Tuva Villages

  • visit Sayram Lake

    Sayram Lake