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Kapitan Keling Mosque
The Kapitan Keling Mosque, also known as Masjid Kapitan Keling, is a mosque built in the 19th century by Indian Muslim traders in George Town, Penang, Malaysia. It is situated on the corner of Lebuh Buckingham and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.
Being a prominent Islamic historic centre, Kapitan Keling Mosque is part of the World Heritage Site of George Town and lies at the centre of the city's Tamil Muslim neighbourhood, the Chulias. It is the first permanent Muslim institution to have been established in the area, dating from the early 1800s. Cauder Mohuddeen Merican is known as the founder of the mosque and leader of the Chulias.
Cauder Mohudeen, born in 1759, was a ship mandoor or foreman from Porto Novo, about 50 kilometres south of Pondicherry in India. He was a prominent Indian Muslim leader. In 1801 Sir George Leith, Lieutenant Governor of Penang, appointed Cauder Mohudeen as Kapitan Kling , Captain of the South Indian Keling community. Kapitan was a representative of the Indian community. Keling is a Malay term for people of Indian origin. He granted a piece of land to build a mosque on the south side of Lebuh Chulia.
Another renovation in 1930 gave the Kapitan Keling Mosque its present appearance after the previous design was deemed impractical. In keeping with tradition, the mosque was not rebuilt, but only enlarged. Among the major work during this period included doubling the height of the central prayer hall, improvement to the ventilation system, and allowing more natural light to enter. The exterior is ochre yellowed while the interior had white marble floors and a high ceiling. The interior aisles are formed by a series of horseshoe arches, crowned with King Edward's plaques. The façade of the building and its interior were decorated with geometric designs, as human and animal forms are forbidden in Islam.
The Kapitan Keling Mosque is open daily. Saturday to Thursday 1pm to 5pm, Friday 3pm to 5pm. Free admission.
Trip Suggestion : 15 minutes
Operating Hours : Saturday to Thursday 1pm to 5pm, Friday 3pm to 5pm
Admission Fee : Free
Address : 14, Jalan Buckingham, 10200 George Town, Penang, Malaysia