Saturday, August 18, 2012

Sultan Mosque - PhotoHunt

PhotoHunt theme : Can/Monument

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 :

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.


  1. We SO admire Singapore as a fellow island city. Thank you for showing us around your beautiful place. One longs to visit -but for now your post is most excellent!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
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  2. Great photos but... "Built in 1824 by Sultan Hussain Shah (the first sultan of Singapore)" -- eh? Isn't that Sultan Hussain Shah of Johore who signed away Singapore to the British? ;b

  3. Thanks Cloudia, I hope to visit Hawaii one day and I am looking forward to your visit to Singapore. :)

  4. YTSL,

    On 6 February 1819, a rare public ceremony on the sleepy island of Singapore marked the birth of modern Singapore. That was the day when Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah of Johor (officially recognised as the ruler of Singapore) entered into a formal treaty with Sir Stamford Raffles on Singapore's status. The terms of the treaty were as follows:

    Treaty Terms:

    Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah - To receive 5,000 Spanish Dollars annually

    Temenggong Abdul Rahman - To receive 3,000 Spanish Dollars annually

    In Exchange For

    Exclusive British rights to a trading post on Singapore Island

    During the ceremony, the treaty was read in Malay and then in English. The signatories to the treaty were:

    His Highness Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah, Sultan of Johor
    Temenggong Abdul Rahman
    Sir Stamford Raffles, Lieutenant Governor of Fort Malborough and agent to the Governor General of India
    With the signing of the treaty, Singapore soon became a flourishing trading port with vessels calling in from around the region such as Cochin China, Siam and the East Indies islands, and as far as China, England and India. She was indeed a testimony to Sir Stamford Raffles foresight in identifying her as his key to break the Dutch trading monopoly in the East Indies.

    Credit : Ms Jenny Ng

  5. Beautiful building ! That's not nice to show all this food to the poor people who do the Ramadan :) ! Fortunately tomorrow it's finished !

  6. Looks like a great spot to visit!

    Have a super weekend.

  7. Very interesting, I am thinking food now that it's lunchtime :)
    Happy weekend to you and your friends, ECL!!


  8. Hi ECL, great photo collection. That's a very impressive Mosque. I would love to visit one day. The food being served at the bazaar looks so delicious. You're a very good friend to make sure they don't miss this while visiting.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. Beautiful architecture and also great shots of the bazaars.

  10. Very interesting shots for the theme!

  11. Wow, what an amazing mosque! I enjoy visiting Singapore through your blos - thanks!

  12. Lots of history revealed in your post and comments today. I have never really studied China's history, so this was very interesting to me. Great photo!! Thanks for coming to see mine.

  13. Wow! That is a beautiful looking place and the food look delicious! Happy photo hunting ECL :)

  14. I bet the food is wonderful, so many different and delicious things to try. Blessings dear. Catherine

  15. Kampung Glam. Is Glam short for Glamour? : D

  16. the food are mouthwatering! interesting place to visit.

  17. I did not know about this place when I visited. All the food looks so good and I love sweet snacks too. :D