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Masjid Sultan, Singapore

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View the golden domes and prayer hall of one of the country's most prominent religious buildings, the 19th-century Masjid Sultan. Built in 1824 for Sultan Hussain, this mosque remains a landmark of the historic Kampong District. The structure was rebuilt in 1934 by Singapore's oldest architectural form, Swan and Maclaren. The most remarkable part of the current structure, which was named a national monument in 1975, is the glass dome created from glass bottle ends donated by Muslims so that even the most poor community members could have the chance to contribute to the mosque. Put Masjid Sultan and other Singapore attractions into our Singapore holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • We didn't realise we could actually go inside this beautiful building until we read it on this page! Our hotel room overlooked the mosque, so we could hear the call to prayer at regular intervals. Sou...  more »
  • Beautiful historical mosque, nicely restored, lots of shops and restaurants nearby . The interior is stunning! But lacks Air Conditioning, still airy and cool though .  more »
  • This is one of the nicest mosque in Singapore. Worth a visit when in the area. Pretty near to central of Singapore too.  more »
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  • Nice architecture. The area around the mosque (main gate) is also beautifully built. There are arrays of shops and Mediterranean and Turkish restaurants on the same road outside the mosque. Quite photogenic place, so do remember to capture your moments!
  • I was astonished by the beautiful mosque and streets. It's nice to look and stroll around, I hoped some restaurants were more authentic.
  • Beautiful mosque that you ate able to visit as a non Muslim. They provide clothes to cover up if you are not dressed appropriately. We were there at a Saturday and the people were doing a beautiful dhikr prayer.
  • Historical mosque. Food around the area tends to be overpriced. Just go where the locals go, better food and more reasonably priced.
  • The building looks nice and is definitely worth a picture. We were handed appropriate cloths so we could go inside. Non-muslims cannot go inside the main prayer hall or upstairs (which is OK for my part). Near the entrance there were some boards with information about Islam. I appreciate learning more about a religion I have not been much in contact with and like seeing Quran quotes put in a modern context. What is not OK in my opinion are some hidden messages in these information boards about the supposed role of women in western countries. Thus, some information on the boards implied that women in the western world are required to dress according to men's liking otherwise they have difficulties in their jobs. (In Islam women are free to do every job because they do not have to dress according to men's liking.) Another statement implied that when the newly-wed wife takes the husband's last name as is customary in western countries he would claim possession over her. (And therefore Muslim women would not take the husband's name - to indicate she is still free.) I want to take the time to inform all muslims who are not familiar with the western culture that both notions about women in western countries are not true - no matter what might have been 400 years ago. If things like that are preached in Islam I understand why some Muslims may be reserved towards people from western countries. In conclusion, I would have liked it better to learn about Islam without reading that the supposed western way is wrong. That taints the experience a little.