"Kampung Kling Mosque" Kampung Kling Mosque Tip by Willettsworld

Kampung Kling Mosque, Melaka: 18 reviews and 52 photos

Completed in 1748, the architecture of this mosque is Sumatran with strong Hindu influences. This is particularly evident in the minaret which resembles a pagoda. On closer inspection, you will find an unusual blend of English and Portuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns with symmetrical arches in the main prayer hall, which you can look into but not enter, a Victorian chandelier, a wooden pulpit with Hindu and Chinese-style carvings, and Moorish cast iron lamp-posts in the place of abulation for pre-prayer cleansing. In 1868 a high wall was erected to protect the mosque from the street. Chinese ceramic tiles were imported to adorn the roof, the floor and the lower walls. Decorative motifs such as the curved eaves terminating in sculptural finials further point to an Oriental influence, as is the rooftop ornament, or mastaka.

Address: Jalan Tokong Emas, Malacca
Directions: Not so far from the Hindu temple Sri Poyatha Venayagar.

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  • Written Aug 22, 2010
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