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Kampung Kling Mosque, Melaka

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Kampong Kling Mosque (sometimes also spelt Kampong Keling Mosque; Malay: Masjid Kampung Kling; Jawi: مسجد كامڤوڠ كليڠ) is an old mosque in Malacca City, Malacca, Malaysia. It is situated at Jalan Tukang Emas (Goldsmith Street), also known as "Harmony Street" because of its proximity to the Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple.

The original structure built by Indian Muslim traders in 1748 was a wooden building and in 1872, it was rebuilt with bricks. The mosque is one of the traditional mosques in Malacca, which still retains its original design. The architectural design of the mosque is a cross between Sumatran, Chinese, Hindu, and the local Malays. The minaret (resembles a pagoda), ablution pool and entrance arch were built at the same time with the main building. The Kampung Kling Mosque is named based on a village which Indian traders dwell called Kampung Kling.

The mosque also has a blend of English and Portuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns with symmetrical arches in the main prayer hall, a Victorian chandelier, a wooden pulpit with Hindu and Chinese-style carvings, and Moorish cast iron lamp-posts in the place of ablution for pre-prayer cleansing. The Department of Museums and Antiquities completed conservation works on the mosque in the 1990s.
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  • This is worth visiting as there is a mix of different architectural styles, it doesn't really look like a mosque. 
    This is worth visiting as there is a mix of different architectural styles, it doesn't really look like a mosque.  more »
  • Beautiful mosque close to Jonker street. Heritage site as well. Built in 1748. The design of the mosque is so unique. Don’t have to miss your prayers when roaming around near the Jonker street. 
    Beautiful mosque close to Jonker street. Heritage site as well. Built in 1748. The design of the mosque is so unique. Don’t have to miss your prayers when roaming around near the Jonker street.  more »
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  • Mosque with unique design, building said to be on this site for more than 250 years this year. Previous, wooden structure upgraded to current structure some years ago. detail are more impressive when viewed onsite than from current photo.
  • The Kampung Kling Mosque is one of the traditional Mosque in Melaka, Malaysia, which still retains its original design. I and @SumaiyaZafrin visited this mosque during our short trip in Melaka. We were at the courtyard of the Kampung Kling Mosque in Malacca. We stood on a slightly raised walkway beside a loaded pool, the center of which harbored a richly-designed functional fountain. The courtyard hosts a pool with a fountain at its center, used for ablutions. Another set of columns surrounds the pool and forms a covered walkway around it. The mosque is situated in Jalan Tukang Emas, also known as Harmony street because of its also proximity to the Sri Payyatha Viyanagar Moorthi Temple and Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. The original structure built in 1748 was a wooden building and in 1872, it was rebuilt in brick. The architectural design of the mosque is a cross between Sumatran, chinse and Melaka Malay. Centuries ago, the area was called Kampung Kling. Kampung means “village” in the local Malay language. Kling, on the other hand, is what they used to call Muslim Indians. This mosque became the main place of praying for the Indian Muslim population of the area during the time. In 1868, around 120 years after its construction, a high wall was built to protect both the mosque and minaret from the street. The wall opens through an arched-topped, tile-roofed gate, ornamented with three acroteria. The influences in architecture and design of the place reflect how Malaysia has embraced the many cultures that nurtured its history and traditions, and ultimately makes it the nation that it is now. This is a must-visit Mosque during your visit to Melaka. It was very close to our hotel. We go to this mosque by walking along the riverside road and we prayed there.

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