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The Malabar Muslim Jama-ath Mosque is the unique mosaic blue-tiled mosque located on the corner of Victoria Street and Jalan Sultan, also known as the Golden Dome mosque.

It is home to Malabar Muslims in Singapore who were originally from Kerala, India and is the only mosque entirely managed by their association, Malabar Muslim Jama-ath.

The unique architecture of the mosque however has also attracted tourists over to its site. It has a beautiful exterior that is distinctive and fascinating. There is limited entry into the mosque for non-Muslims and entry into the prayer hall area is not allowed as well. Entry into the mosque requires appropriate attire; shoulders and legs must be covered and shorts are not allowed.

The mosque was designed and built by A.H. Siddique, a North Indian immigrant who refuses pay for his work on any religious building. Building for the mosque started in 1956 but the association faced finance problems soon after. It was finally completed with the help of other Muslims and non-Muslim, officially declared opened by the first and then President of Singapore, Mr. Yusof bin Ishak on 24 January 1963.

At that time however, the mosque was covered merely with paintwork. Soon after Malabar Mosque's opening, the Jalan Sultan area was being redeveloped and the mosque was encouraged to renovate as well.

The Malabar Muslim Jama-ath Association decided then to order uniquely designed gold and blue mosaic tiles to redecorate its entire exterior. In 1995, the interior of the mosque was also tiled. Malabar Mosque is entirely covered with the mosaic tiles today. In 2009, the mosque underwent renovations to upkeep its unique architecture.

There is a small and neglected cemetery at the back of the mosque for Malabar Indians, dated from 1819. The mosque has a separate two-storey minaret situated beside its gold onion dome.

Its prayer hall is elevated by a level and it orientates towards Mecca, a holy Islamic site, like all other mosques in Kampong Glam.  

Type of place: Monument/Building
Location: Kampong Glam, Singapore
Street address: 471 Victoria Street
Nearest public transport: Lavender
Opening hours: Daily 9.00 am-11.30 pm
Telephone: +65 62943862
Email: malabarmosque@singnet.com.sg





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grace
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17-05-2010
by grace
Interesting story behind it - selfless architect.
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grace
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17-05-2010
by grace
Hidden find.
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grace
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17-05-2010
by grace
Nice architecture.
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grace
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17-05-2010
by grace
Limited views.
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grace
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17-05-2010
by grace
Touristy destination.
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