About the Sultan Mosque in Singapore
The mosque’s primary structure is perpendicular to the street grid in the region. Why? The mosque’s mihrab faces the direction of Mecca when a worshipper enters the main prayer hall and looks toward the mihrab (a major altar in some mosques).
The gold-coloured dome is encircled by a glass bottle structure.
The backstory of this array of bottles is quite inspiring. While the rich donated gold bars to the mosque’s construction, the poor people collected and sold used glass bottles in order to raise money. Today, when you look at this ring of bottles, you are reminded of the kind people who gave out of their poverty in order to help someone else.
The mosque is still open to everyone, regardless of their financial position. During the construction of the mosque in the mid-1920s through the late-1928 period, it was open to people from all walks of life.
The mosque incorporates ideas from both Indian and Islamic architecture. As a result, the domes, minarets, and balustrades were incorporated into the design. The architect also made certain that the structure was up to date and user-friendly.
Sultan Mosque Singapore opening hours
The Sultan Mosque is located at 3 Muscat Street, right at the hear to Kampong Glam. Opening hours are as follow of Monday to Sunday 10 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm, on Fridays 2.30 pm to 4 pm. Link to Sultan Mosque Singapore’s Website.
Looking to visit other traditional temples? Check out Thian Hock Keng Temple.