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Kapitan Keling Mosque

Kapitan Keling Mosque
Masjid Kapitan Keling
Location Penang, Malaysia
Established 1801
Administration Penang Islamic Council
Architectural information
Style Islamic, Mughal, Moorish

The Kapitan Keling Mosque is a mosque built in the 19th century by Indian Muslim traders in Malaysia.[1][2] It is situated on the corner of Lebuh Buckingham (Buckingham Street) and Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (Pitt Street).

"Keling" is a Malay term for people of Indian origin, nowadays considered offensive but not so considered at the time when the mosque was built. The "Kapitan " was a representative of the Indian community, like the "Kapitan Cina" for the Chinese community.

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 fa├žade of the building and its interior were decorated with geometric designs, as human and animal forms are forbidden in Islam.

See also


  1. ^ Kapitan Keling Mosque
  2. ^ Visit Penang

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • Penang Sentral Global Website

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