Jonker Walk was so busy we were relieved to cut off onto a side street and visit Kampung Kling Mosque. Mosques in Melaka are unusual in shape due to Sumatran influences. The courtyard of this mosque had a shady seat for a bit of respite from the sun. The interior of the mosque was quite lavish.
Kampung Kling Mosque felt very sterile, or without charactor, unlike Cheng Hoong Teng Temple down the road.
I guess you would have to experience both to understand.
Anyway, it's worth a visit.
Completed in 1748, the architecture of this mosque is Sumatran with strong Hindu influences. This is particularly evident in the minaret which resembles a pagoda. On closer inspection, you will find an unusual blend of English and Portuguese glazed tiles, Corinthian columns with symmetrical arches in the main prayer hall, which you can look into but not enter, a Victorian chandelier, a wooden pulpit with Hindu and Chinese-style carvings, and Moorish cast iron lamp-posts in the place of abulation for pre-prayer cleansing. In 1868 a high wall was erected to protect the mosque from the street. Chinese ceramic tiles were imported to adorn the roof, the floor and the lower walls. Decorative motifs such as the curved eaves terminating in sculptural finials further point to an Oriental influence, as is the rooftop ornament, or mastaka.
the mimbar or pulpet is the central feature of a mosque
for the imam to address the congregational prayers
kg kling mosque mimbar has elaborate designs
reflecting malay n sumatran influences
framed by columns and arches decorated in gold and silver paint
layout is functional and has the usual features of a mosque
minaret for muezzin call to prayers
includes a pool for water storage
madrasah and residential area
cooking area for festivities
and cemetary for those departed
hence giving a reminder of the hereafter
one of the main stops for trishaw rides is harmony street...
home to kling mosque and indian and chinese temples
reflecting melaka's varied and harmonious past and present
also hang jebat's mousaleum
"hai hang tuah
jika kau benar benar lelaki
turun lah beradu dengan jebat!!"
Architecturally interesting, the Kampung Kling Mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in the country. The Sumatran influence is very apparent from its three-tiered pyramid-shaped roof, in place of the more conventional dome. The free-standing minaret resembles a pagoda, again reflecting an infusion of Oriental influences.
Freshly painted, it continues to serve faithfully as a popular venue of worship for the local Muslim community.
The mosque is open to visitors but do observe the rules and common practices of the Muslim premises. (e.g. do not, among other things, appear in short-sleeve T-shirts, short pants or mini skirts)
As it is usual in Malaysia, worship places of the most varied faiths stand almost door to door in Malacca. This is the case the city's most interesting mosque, an XVIII century building whose architecture is inspired in the Sumatran mosques.
The old mosque in Melaka didn't especially blow me over, since it didn't have the kind of ornate architecture that one is used to when one visits special religious sites. Maybe because it wasn't such an 'ooooh and ahhhhh' that's amazing type of place that made it worth a visit.
It could be memorable to me, in fact, because I made a faux pas. Although my shoes were off, I wasn't really supposed to go into the main prayer hall, well, because I'm non-Muslim and I'm a woman. The main who shooed me out of the prayer hall couldn't have been nicer, and, well, I couldn't have felt like more insensitive Western traveler if I tried. Oh well, live and learn, I guess...but I know for next time!
I believe it was one of the first mosques built in the country....and it's done on a lovely scale.
The Kumpung Kling mosque is the oldest mosque in Melaka. Right smack in town, it is only a short walk from Jonker Street. The mosque's design is very Melakan, as in, you will be nice glazed tiles of the "historic era". At the back of the mosque, you will find the area where workshippers clean themselves before entering the prayer hall. Only muslims are allowed to enter the prayer hall and if you are not appropriately attired, grab one of the black robes which are available for use.
Though famously known as the Masjid Kampung Kling, the mosque is also known by a few other names such as Masjid Kampung Pali (Kampung Pali Mosque), Masjid Kampung Balik Pali (Kampung Balik Pali Mosque) and Masjid Kampung Kapur (Kampung Kapur Mosque).
Built in 1748, it is one of the oldest mosques in the country thats features Sumatran architectural predominantly. Instead of a typical conventional dome, the mosque has a three-tier roof rising like a pyramid in its place. Its pagoda-like minaret portrays a mixture of East-West architectural influence. The concrete minaret is located separately from the main block on the west wing while an ablution pool is located in the south wing. A special device made from marble to tell the prayer times is located just beside the pool, a remain of the days when clock was not widely used then.
The site of the Mosque is said to be the exact spot where the Indian Muslim traders, who came to Melaka to trade their goods and wares in the 14th and 15th century, had performed their prayers on arrival in Melaka. The beach, which is today located a few kilometers from this site, is said to be the usual landing spots for traders from the Indian sub-continent. The traders continued to use the site for their rituals and before long, the locals started learning from these traders and as a result, more and more locals converted to Islam.
Masjid Kampung Kling and its neighbours Cheng Hoon Teng Temple and Sri Poyatha Venayaga Moorthi Temple form part of the "street of harmony", a symbolic exemple of racial and religous tolerent that have long be in existence in the country.
This mosque in the Chinese district of Melaka is the oldest surviving mosque in Malaysia. It highlights the unique Sumatran-influenced architecture of Melaka.
arches dominate the design of the mosque
from doorways to inside hall
with elaborate floral patterns
and (hard)wooden panelling
and gold n silver paints
kg kling mosque architecture reflect the influences of the peoples of melaka
combining indian, sumatran n malay cultures
resulting in a unique design yet familiar and essential features of a mosque
Seen this one while walking towards Jonker Street, one of the oldest mosques in the country portraying a mixture of European and Asian architectural influences.