Kapitan Kelling Mosque, Penang


Kapitan Keling Mosque, Pitt St (Jl. Masjid Kapitan Keling) was built in the early 19th century and is named after an Indian Muslim merchant, Caudeer Mohudeen, who was also the Kapitan Keling (headman). It is the most prominent historic mosque in Penang and features a dome-shaped minaret reflecting Moorish Islamic influence. The Kapitan Keling Mosque is the place of worship of the Indian Muslim community which has lived and worked around the mosque for over 200 years. Unlike modern mosques which are heavily frequented on Fridays, the Kapitan Keling Mosque is popular with worshippers 5 times a day, 7 days a week. It is extremely well maintained compared to its rundown neighborhood, and tourists can get free tours of the Mosque during non-prayer times. You must take off your shoes prior to entering the building or threshold, follow the lead of others and just look for the shoes they have left behind. Women must wear a heavy robe provided by the staff.


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