Kampong Glam is a must visit place for my overseas friends as the streets come alive with performances and bazaars during Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting.
It isn’t complete without a stop at Sultan Mosque which is one of Singapore's most impressive religious buildings. Built in 1824 by Sultan Hussain Shah (the first sultan of Singapore) with a grant from the East India Company, its massive golden dome and huge prayer hall are pretty impressive.
The main prayer hall holds up to 5,000 worshippers, and is one of the biggest and most amazing religious structures in Singapore. Check out the mosque’s dome base, it is formed out of many glass bottles collected by devotees. Cool, huh?
It was gazetted as a national monument on 14 March 1975.
The main attraction of the street bazaars during Ramadan is the delicious food.
A trip to the bazaars is simply not complete without sampling the variety of traditional Malay cakes and pastries called ‘kueh-kueh’. I love the selection of colourful sweet snacks.
If you’re in Singapore during Ramadan, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the rich Malay heritage.
Tourists and members of the public can visit the mosque during these hours :
MOSQUE VISITING HOURS
Mondays - Sundays : 9.30 am to 12.00pm / 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Fridays : 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Visitors will be guided by Sultan Mosque’s own multi-lingual docents ranging from English, Malay to Japanese and Chinese native speakers.
Visiting hour ends at 4.00 pm everyday.