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Sultan Mosque: A Must-See in Kampong Gelam District
- The Sultan Mosque, also known as Masjid Sultan, is located in Singapore’s historic Kampong Gelam district and is a must-see for visitors.
- It is one of Singapore’s most impressive religious buildings and a prominent mosque in the country.
Fit for a King
- The mosque was built in 1824 for Sultan Hussein Shah, the first sultan of Singapore, with a single-storey building and a double-tiered roof.
- Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore, contributed S$3,000 to its construction.
Rebuilding and Reconstruction
- In 1932, the old mosque was in dire need of repair and was rebuilt by Denis Santry from Swan and Maclaren, Singapore’s oldest architectural firm.
- During its reconstruction, North Bridge Road was forced to bend around the mosque as it was extended beyond Arab Street.
Glass Base and Decorations
- The onion-shaped domes of the mosque have glass bottle ends decorating their bases.
- The glass bottles were donated by lower-income Muslims during the mosque’s construction, so everyone could contribute.
Focal Point for the Muslim Community
- The mosque was gazetted as a national monument in 1975 and has been a focal point for the Muslim community for a long time.
- During Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, visitors can check out the night market in the area and its many food stalls.
Informative Guided Tours
- Visitors can join the mosque’s informative guided tours, which are available in English, Malay, Chinese, and even Japanese.
- Entrance: Visitors must enter via Gate 5 facing Bussorah Street.
- Dress Code: Proper attire is required, and robes are available at the mosque counter on a first-come, first-served basis. Alternatively, visitors must abide by the following dress code:
- Male: Sleeved tops and long pants
- Female: Long-sleeved tops with no cleavage and bottoms down to the ankle
- Students: Sleeved tops and track pants
- Restrictions: Clothes must not be see-through.
- Footwear and Cleanliness: Visitors must remove their footwear and observe strict cleanliness.
- Respect and Silence: Visitors must show respect and maintain silence.
- Restricted Areas: Visitors are not allowed to enter the Main Prayer Hall and 2nd Floor Prayer Hall unless accompanied by a mosque official.
- Photography and Video: Photography without flash is allowed, but approval is required for video recording.
- Belongings: Visitors must keep their belongings with them at all times.
- Questions: In case of doubt, visitors should approach the counter staff on duty.
Directions to Sultan Mosque
- North Bridge Rd: Bus No: 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 197, 175 & 648
- Victoria Street: Bus No: 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 130, 133, 145, 197 & 175
- Beach Road: Bus No: 100, 107, 961 & 980
By Mass Rapid Transit (MRT):
- From Bugis MRT Station: About 10 minutes walk
- From Jalan Besar MRT Station: About 10 minutes walk
3 Muscat Street, Singapore 198833, Singapore
Monday to Thursday 10am–noon, 2–4pm
Closed on Friday
Saturday & Sunday 10am–noon, 2–4pm