Kapitan Keling Mosque

Attraction Chulia St., Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia Published on: 01-07-2016

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:30 PM
09:30 AM
10:30 AM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
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The Kapitan Keling Mosque is unique architecture built in the 19th century by Indian Muslim traders in George Town, Penang, Malaysia.

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Why Kapitan Keling Mosque is special ?

Kapitan Keling Mosque is a Penang landmark. Built in 1801 by Penang’s first Indian Muslim settlers (East India Company troops), the Indo-Moorish structure is set at the junction of Lebuh Buckingham and Lebuh Pitt.

It is the largest mosque in Georgetown and looks sublime at sunset. It was named after the ‘kapitan’ of the Keling (a leader of the South Indian community similar to the leader of the Chinese community), Cauder Mydin Merican. The whitewashed mosque is topped with large golden-yellow Mughal-style domes, crescents and stars and features a single, typical Indian-Islamic minaret from which the sound of the azan (call to prayer) can be heard.

What to explore at Kapitan Keling Mosque?

A long walkway leads up to the main prayer hall of Kapitan Keling Mosque, with graceful arches sweeping along its outer passageway. Inside the mosque there are lofty, celestial-white Gothic, Moorish and Roman arches creating an illusion of even more depth to the already-spacious prayer hall; check out the sparkling chandelier that hangs above.
The walls are covered with calligraphy panels and stained glass windows featuring arabesques of geometrical designs and floral motifs. The floor is solid, polished white marble with long rows of prayer rugs strewn all over.
Kapitan Keling Mosque used to sprawl across 18 acres but now encompasses only eight acres as the land was claimed by government officials for the construction of roads. If you wish to visit, then mosque officials will have to grant permission. Visitors are only allowed entrance if they are properly attired: for women this means longs pants or skirts and shirts and men

How to get to Kapitan Keling Mosque?

Hard to miss, the mosque is located on the corner of Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling (also known by its old name to older people, as Pitt Street) and Buckingham Street and is within walking distance to most accommodation in the old part of town.

If you are on Chulia Street, just walk down towards the ferry until you reach the traffic lights and the mosque is on the right hand side.

If you are coming from the beaches at Batu Ferringhi, catch RapidPenang bus 101 and get off along Chulia Street or the first stop in Little India.

Source: http://www.travel-penang-malaysia.com/

Selling points

  • “New design of mosque”
  • “An Impressive Mosque”
  • “Indian Mosque in Penang”
  • “A very splendid mosque.”
  • “Religious place”
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Chulia St., Georgetown, Penang Island, Malaysia

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Tips for you

  • For BUDGET ACCOMMODATION, Chulia Street and the surrounding lanes have plenty of options, or you can try the Little India area, which starts just a minutes walk away from the mosque.
    Things to do
  • Guided tours are available at the Information Centre located at the ground floor of the minaret.
  • All in all its just as easy to take a photo outside.
  • Non muslims are allowed in.
  • You are required to wear long pants or you can put a cloak on which is available at the counter of the entrance.
    What to wear
  • The nearest hotel is the upmarket Boutique Residence which is just across the road on Pitt Street to the right.
    Things nearby
  • Admission is free but visitors are required to wear robes which are provided at the mosque.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • Located along Pitt Street, this used to be the state mosque of Penang.


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definitely check out this unique addition to the georgetown skyline. it's one of the more striking buildings in the georgetown area, beautifully designed

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I treveling some times through moslim world and now I distinguishing some of new designed style of mosque. Mosque in whole Malajsia country have local desing. We only saw outside part of mosque because entrance was closed.

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It was huge and impressive, located on corner of Buckingham and Pitt Street with nice parking surrounding it.

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This mosque was built originaly for the Indian Muslim community in Penang in the early 1800s. You can see that it would be easy to imagine that Penang is all about the Straits Chinese culture, but historically there has also been a significant Indian presence here. The stone to build this mosque was brought in from India itself. There was an original grant of 18 acres of land, which over the years, by virtue of inevitable encroachment and greed, has diminished to just 8 acres. There have been refurbishments, additions, renovations over the years. In the light of this history of encroachment, at the turn of this century the Malaysian Government set up a body to oversee the welfare of this site. Our trishaw driver was an Indian Muslim, so it was with great pride that he brought us to this mosque. We were allowed to enter, but, as is the custom, we needed to remove our shoes. Women are provided with a coverall coat, and in deference to custom, you should cover your head with a scarf. Mosques. like the religion, Islam, is fairly abstract. There are no depictions of animals or humans in the art work, just designs and shapes. In the same way, the real interest for us, in this place was the people we met and spoke with, rather than any visual attraction. The mosque is a fine piece of restored architecture, with a fine dome and an excellent minaret. But the real pleasure was an opportunity to sit in a room at the base of the minaret and have a deep discussion with the community's religious advisor and discuss interfaith issues, as well as his perspective on what is going on in the Islamic world right now in terms of popular movements. This man was extraordinarily articulate, well read and well able to speak across belief systems without being alienating. We left this place with our cultural tank full. The site is interesting enough to photograph, but for us it was more about an experience.

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