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Why Sultan Mosque is special ?
A visit to Singapore’s Kampong Glam district isn’t complete without a stop at Sultan Mosque. With its massive golden domes and huge prayer hall, the Sultan Mosque is one of Singapore’s most impressive religious buildings, and the focal point of Muslims in Singapore.
The mosque was first built in 1824 for Sultan Hussian Shah, the first sultan of Singapore, and his followers with a grant from the British East India Company. The mosque was reconstructed after its centennial celebration, to the design of Denis Santry, an architect from Swan and Maclaren.
What to explore at Sultan Mosque?
While you’re there, look closer at the onion domes. Each dome base is decorated with glass bottle ends, donated by poor Muslims during its construction so that all Muslims, not just the rich, could contribute.
Gazetted as a national monument in 1975, the mosque is a focal point for the Muslim community then as now. If you’re there during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, check out the night market in the area and its many food stalls.
And do hop on the mosque’s informative guided tours – guides can speak English, Malay, Chinese, and even Japanese.
- One of Iconic Mosque in Singapore
- A beautiful Mosque
- A masterpiece.
- A jewel off Arab Street
- Nice area with good eateries
3 Muscat St Singapore 198833
Tips for you
“Only Mosque in Singapore Open to Tourists” Our hotel is across the street from the Arab Street section of town. So we decided to visit and to see the mosque as communication is much easier in Singapore than other places to question and query about the do’s and don’ts. The latest version of the mosque is less than 100 years old, so it’s not something at all ancient. (There is a placard across from the place talking about its history.) We arrived shortly before noon when they close for afternoon prayers. Nonetheless they welcomed us graciously and with an extremely friendly temperament. We were appropriately dressed, but as mentioned in other reviews, gowns are available free of charge for those not dressed accordingly. The docents were extremely hospitable and answered all questions. So we learned that this is the largest mosque in Singapore and the only one open to tourists. It is considered the National Mosque of Singapore. You can’t enter the main hall unless you are Muslim, but you can still see the beautiful and sedate architecture and lovely green color scheme (never seen this color before) inside. There are some information posters in the back to learn more about Islam. Unfortunately they have no information about this mosque in particular and only an information booklet about Islam, which is actually from Houston, Texas USA! Currently the mosque is under remodeling and some of the outside building is covered in sheeting. Thus it was disheartening to see other visitors not even offering a S$1 as a donation to visit, for the upkeep, or to help defray the remodeling costs. As a non-Muslim, you can see everything in ten minutes or so. More time is needed if you want to read the information posters or look at some of the “museum finds” in the back as you enter- look for the tiny Qur’an, for which you would need eagle eyes to read! And as has been mentioned, the area is filled with material (fabric) stores, carpet shops, general touristy shops, perfumeries (oils), and, of course, eating establishments. If you are at all curious about mosques this is most recommended. But please leave a small donation as gratitude as you would in any house of worship.