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"Sultan Mosque" Singapore Things to Do Tip by smschley

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Built in 1828, Sultan Mosque is a familiar landmark in Kampong Glam and the focal point of the Muslim community. Named after the first Sultan of Singapore, the Sultan Mosque was built with a $3,000 grant from the East India Company. It is the largest mosque in Singapore with a prayer hall that can accommodate 5,000 devotees, it holds five prayer calls everyday.

The carpeted main prayer hall is surrounded by customary arcades, and the mimbar (or pulpit) is one of the most beautiful in Singapore. The mihrab is surrounded by gilded Koran scripture professing that those who ‘enjoin in prayer will be rewarded’. True to form, this reflects the Koran’s centrality to Islamic culture and the wide use of inscriptions on mosques and other branches of Islamic art. In 1975, the Sultan Mosque was proclaimed a preserved historical building by the Preservation of Monuments Board Act.

With its massive gold-topped dome and spacious prayer hall, the mosque has one particularly interesting feature--the base of the dome is made up of glass bottles. In the evenings, residents gather at the garden to enjoy talking and enjoying each others company. The names of the streets around the mosque are a legacy to the early days of the kampong -- then, the most significant trade of residents was to act as agents arranging for Muslims' pilgrimage to Mecca.

Address: 3 Muscat Street, Kampong Glam

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2005
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