Kapitan Keling Mosque

The Kapitan Keling Mosque was first erected by the troops of the East India Company who were some of Penang’s first Muslim settlers, in the late 1700s. Several years later, the growing Indian Muslim community required a more permanent mosque. In 1801, the community, led by their leader, Cauder Mydin Merican or also referred to as ‘Kapitan Keling’, was granted with an 18-acre lot. Made of brick, the original mosque was a single-storey structure, but over the years, the mosque has seen plenty of renovation works.

Surrounded by a low wall, this white-washed mosque is adorned with yellow Moghul-style domes and turrets. A madrassah (a place where religious classes are held) can also be found within the mosque’s compound. The tall minaret, once used by the muezzin to deliver his call to prayers, is located on the corner of Buckingham and Pitt Street.

Key Tips
Visitors are welcome into the Kapitan Keling Mosque grounds. However, do remember to remove your footwear and wear modest clothing before you enter the mosque building.

How to get there
By Foot or Taxi
Kapitan Keling Mosque is on Jalan Masjid Kapitan Kling (Lebuh Pitt) in between Lebuh Chulia and Jalan Buckingham.

Accommodation Overview
Penang has long been a popular stopover on the traveller’s trail and, as such, a wide range of accommodation is available, from basic backpacker’s hostels to 5-star hotels.

Source:http://www.tourismmalaysia.gov.my/

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