Acheen Street Mosque

Attraction Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

1 hour
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
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The Acheen Street Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Penang. It has an Achehnese roof and an Arab-style white minaret that cuts a striking sight against the sky.

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Why Acheen Street Mosque is special ?

Acheen St. Mosque (officially Masjid Lebuh Acheh) is noteworthy for its unusual Egyptian-style minaret: as most local mosques have Moorish-style minarets, this one stands out. Built in 1808 by a wealthy Arab trader who came from Acheh (Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid), locals call it Masjid Melayu.
Located in the oldest Malay kampung (village) in Georgetown, the mosque is a crucial structure for Malay and Arab traders in this quarter. One of the oldest mosques in Penang, the structure itself makes it worthy of a photo stop: you will not be able to enter the mosque but the exterior shots of the main prayer hall and the minaret should be beautiful.

What to explore at Acheen Street Mosque?

A short walk away from the Khoo Kongsi, you will undoubtedly hear the azan (call to prayer) while you are sightseeing in Georgetown. About halfway up the minaret you’ll see a hole made by a cannon ball.

The Acheen Street mosque's conservation is not only restored the mosque itself and the surrounding properties but also revived the traditional and historical lifestyle and activities which used to govern the area. The result is a breathtaking image of the mosque and its immediate environment. 

Next to the mosque lay the cemetery of the mosque's original benefactor, Tengku Syed Hussain Al-Aidid and members of his family. The houses surrounding the mosque today is part of the original Muslim settlement of the mid 19th century.

How to get to Acheen Street Mosque?

The mosque is easy enough to find and there are plenty of buses that run routes past it. Take Rapid Penang bus number 10, 103, 301, 302, 308, 401 or U502 to Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keiling: the Acheen St. Mosque is located at the end of Medan Cannon. Alternatively, Rapid Penang bus number 11, 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, U204 or U206 run routes to Lebuh Chulia: from here it is a short walk to the mosque.

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Selling points

  • “Part of the history of Penang”
  • “Interesting times at the old mosque”
  • “Interesting Ambiance”
  • “Heritage Mosque from Aceh”
  • “First Mosque in Penang”
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  • Entry is free but no guide at sight.
  • Another interesting mosque in Georgetown area that are open to visitors is the Kapitan Keling Mosque.
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  • This one is right next to Ben's Toy Museum.
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  • Have a look when you stop by for Khoo Kongsi, Cannon St or interesting wall painting.


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A short walk away from Khoo Kongsi is the mosque. It has an Arab style white minaret with an Achehnese style roof. Built by an Achehnese clan leader in 1801, it is one of the oldest Malay mosque in Penang. The surrounding areas are where the first Arab traders first settled on the island.

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A little history here. Plain and unobtrusive still interesting can be done on walking tourEasy access to all other sites. Free and no hustlers

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Distinctive tower between two shophouses mark the entrance... Can't miss it... Cool prayer hall, even in the middle of the day to beat the heat and humidity and a nice pool for ablution (use the small pails provided, but remember to rinse OUT of the pool!) - a must try for worshippers who are used to taking ablution using water from a tap...

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Built by a member of the Aceh royal family in 1808, Mr Tengku Syed Hussain a filthy rich man, was persuaded by Sir Francis Light to move his business & people from Aceh to Penang where he was allowed to live outside of British justice & instead use Sharia Law on other Muslims. Sharia law...teaching women & children respect since 600AD. Unusual architectural elements include Moorish-style parapets, Chinese/Malay outer walls, Neo-Classical columns, Malay roof tiles & Egyptian minaret. Like a boss, Hussain pretty much did anything he wanted. The surrounding buildings were once busy printing factories, prayer rooms & commercial space for the mosque’s learning centre but now people live in them killing off much of the mosque’s vibrancy, especially when you see old peoples underwear flapping in the wind.

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