Premium Link Ferry slowly approached Male’ island after 18 minutes sailing from Hulhumale island. That day I intended to visit Hulhumale, Male ‘and Villingili.
Set foot on Male’ Ferry Terminal front yard, I tried to calm down and swept around the view. Finally a sign board seized my attention.
This direction taught me how to explore Male’ by walking. And finally my adventure started from here:
Situation of Boduthakurufaanu Magu Street
My steps slowly led to Medhuziyaarai Magu Street. There were many interesting photo spots on this road:
- People Majlis
People Majlis is the office of Maldives Parliament.
Then if You walk straight to west, You will find this building:
2. Medhu Ziyaaraiy Shrine
This is the tomb of Abdul Barakat Yoosuf Al Barbary from Morocco who had an important role in Islam spreading in Maldives.
Then, next to this tomb is the official residence of Maldives’ president. The name of this building is:
3. Mulee-aage Palace
This 100-year-old house was originally Maldives’ crown prince residence before the country turned into a republic.
4. Hukuru Miskiyy (Friday Mosque).
Precisely in front of Mulee-aage, you can visit Hukuru Miskiyy.
The oldest mosque in Maldives and has the most artistic value in this country. Being one of UNESCO’s world heritages, this mosque uses Maldives’s natural wealth as its building material, which is coral reef …. It’s cool.
I took the time to pray Dzhuha here and talked with a mosque staff.
From Hukuru Miskiyy walk towards north coast, you will pass this modern building:
Get a title as the tallest building in Maldives. This building has a function as Maldives’ government administration office with a integrated service concept.
6. President’s Office.
Walking on north coast of Male’ towards west, the next spot to be found is the building where the President of Maldives works every day
7. Izzudheen Faalan
This is the presidential sea dock. Opened in 2015 and named after a hero who contributed to maintaining the independence of Maldives.
8. Jumhooree Maidhaan
People know it as Republic Square. A big square where Maldivian do their activities. In addition to seeing the giant Maldivian flag, you will also meet a herd of pigeons in the square … of course, you can feed it.
At one of square sides, You will find a large fountain that seems to be a beautiful show at night because it is combined with music.
9. Male’ Islamic Centre
From this square, moving towards south and visiting the Islamic development center in Maldives. The Islamic Center is marked by the majestic standing of Al-Sulthan Muhammad Thakurufaanu Al-Auzam mosque.
10. The November 3rd Memorial.
Walking to right of the mosque, I found a monument to commemorate the death of 19 people due to a terrorist attack on November 3, 1988. The nineteen victims consisted of 8 military and 11 civilians.
11. Sultan Park.
Precisely in front of The November 3rd Memorial is Sultan Park. It is the best park in Male’. Tourists must pay to enter it but it is free for Maldivians.
The park’s operating hours are Sunday (16: 00-23: 00), Monday-Thursday (09: 00-23: 00) and weekends or public holidays (06: 00-24: 00).
12. National Museum.
After sightseeing in Sultan Park, I decided to visit National Museum near this park. The Museum building is a gift from China Government to Maldives Government. During my journey in Maldives, I saw a lot of large projects in Maldives which were carried out by China Government.
Tired after walking around the museum, Resting under a large tree in front of National Museum was the best choice. I could enjoy to see Maldivian activitiesat the T-junction in front of the museum.
Leaving the museum, I headed to Orchid Magu street to find the Theemuge. Theemuge is office of the Maldives Supreme Court.
14. Local Market
Back towards the Male’s north coast in north of Theemuge, you can visit the Local Market. It’s nice to visit Local Market and see Maldivian’s trading activities.
15. STO Building
This is 8-storey building as headquarters of STO (State Trading Organization) which was built in Maafanu area. The company which 80% shares held by the Maldives government. The company is engaged in various business such as electronics, health and supermarkets
At the westest of Male’ island, you will find to a artificial beach named Rasfannu. Beach where are often used by Maldivians (even tourists) to relax themselves after work in the afternoon.
17. Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital (IGMH)
This is hospital that a gift from India Government for Maldive Government. So its status is certainly a state hospital.
18. Dhiraagu Building
Dhiraagu is the leading telecommunications provider in Maldives. I had bought 4GB internet quota from this provider for USD 15 during visiting in Maldives … Thanks Dhiraagu.
19. Tsunami Monument
This monument was erected to commemorate Tsunami disaster in 2004. A tsunami that occurred simultaneously with Aceh’s Tsunami in Indonesia
20. Sinamale Bridge
This China-Maldives friendship bridge connects Male’ island dan Hulhule island. Hulhule is an island where Velana International Airport is located. This 2 km bridge opened in 2018 and You must pay to pass it.
So guys, Let’s visit Male’ Island ‘… I guarantee that it will be interesting.