Aside from the last kampong left in Lorong Buangkok, there’s nowhere else in this concrete jungle where kampongs exist anymore. These 5 mosques, however, could almost make you believe otherwise.
441-B Jalan Mashhor
This old-generation mosque was built in 1973, and is situated in a rather isolated area of Central Singapore, near Mount Pleasant Road.
It used to serve various villages in the area, especially the Boyanese-majority Kampong Jantai and nearby Kampong Nekat. Syed Ibrahim bin Omar, a prominent member of the Alsagoff family, financially supported its construction and named the mosque after his parents, Syed Omar and Salmah.
It can accommodate up to 300 worshippers, and holds activities such as the korban, Eid and Friday prayers.
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100 Jalan Hang Jebat
Built in 1952, this zinc-roofed mosque in central-south Singapore, near Queensway, started out as a small surau. It underwent major renovations to expand its capacity in 1996, and can accommodate 600 worshippers today.
Its main prayer hall is fully air-conditioned and is a favourite among many who work in the vicinity, especially on hot days. On weekends, it offers madrasah classes for students in the Queenstown area.
Why the mosque and its adjoining road are named after the famous Malay warrior Hang Jebat from Melaka is still a mystery.
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81 Clementi Road
Muslim members of the British Royal Army built this mosque located in the West on top of Clementi Woods close to National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1961.
It was named Masjid Tentera Diraja, literally translated as Royal Army Mosque, in recognition of their contributions.
With a capacity of 1,000 people, it is distinguished from its surroundings by its minaret topped by a gold-painted dome.
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11 Jalan Ibadat
This old blue-coloured mosque located in the West off Choa Chu Kang Road was built in 1962. It was rebuilt in 1999 to better serve the needs of nearby residents and staff from military installations.
The road on which the mosque is located, Jalan Ibadat, literally means ‘Worship Road’. Today, personnel from the new Home Team Academy located opposite the mosque are regulars at this quaint mosque.
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27-B Jalan Mempurong
In the early 1960s, funds were raised to build this mosque in the Sembawang area. It was named Masjid Kampung Tengah, and was subsequently renamed after the Malay settlement that populated the coastal area.
In 1984 and 2007, it was upgraded. Mysteriously, a tall rubber tree on its grounds continues to stand as a remnant from the former rubber plantations in the area, as all attempts to fell it have failed.
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