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Kapitan Kling Mosque

"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."

Kapitan Keling Moskee


The Kapitan Kling mosque is one of the oldest on Penang ( the other Old mosque is located in Armenian Street). In 1801, Sir George Leith, then Lieutenant Governor of Penang, granted the Muslims a 7ha piece of land for religious purposes.
Cauder Mohhidden, the Kapitan of the Indian Muslim settlers, was credited with the founding of the mosque that was subsequently named after him.

Vanaf de weg genomen.

The first people who came from India to Penang were Muslims and settled down near Pitt Street an Chulia Street. They had their Kapitan Kling Mosque.

The first Arab traders settled down near Armenian Street and that became their Muslim enclave. They founded the Acheen Street Malay Mosque in 1808.

Both (Arabs and Indians) became rich by buying in spices between Sumatra (Aceh) and selling  the spices on Penang to the Europeans.

In the old days there was some dispute between the people Armenian Street (Acheen Street Malay Mosque) and the Kapitan Kling Mosque about the ramadan.
But that's over now!
Nowadays there is a unique tradition in George Town in which Muslims performed their Friday prayers alternately at the Kapitan Keling Mosque and the Armenian Street Malay Mosque.

The Kapitan Kling mosque is easy to find in  Georgetown.
It's a very nice trip to walk. Start walking at the Komtar. You walk down Penang Road.
You can have a look at the Chowrasta Wet Market. This is a well-stocked bazaar boasting of prices that even the locals will call cheap.
After the Chowrasta (at your right hand side) starts another beautiful road with many shops: Lebuh Campbell.
This is a renovated old street with many beautiful shops: specially gold shops.

It's such a nice walk, that you didn't notice, that you're at the end of the street (in the meantime this street has also got another name).

At your left hand you'll see the Kapitan Kling Mosque with it's dark brown dome.
You can visit the mosque and take some pictures. There's even a "Islam visitors centre".

After a quick visit there's also the Khoo Kongsi in this neighbourhood.
Coming out of the mosque you'll go to the right. After 50 meters starts Lebuh Cannon. Now you have to look for a sign board with "Khoo Kongsi" on it.



Kapitan Kling Moskee
Kapitan Kling Moskee





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