Masjid Cheng Ho is a contemporary mosque in Jakabaring Palembang, South Sumatra which caters to the local Muslim community and represents the congruous co-existence of the Arabic and Chinese cultures in the country. It was founded by the initiative of the senior members of the Chinese Islamic Association of Indonesia (Persatuan Islan Tionghoa Indonesia, PITI).
Its constructions began in 2003 and it was officially named Al Islam Muhammad Cheng Ho Sriwijaya Palembang Mosque when it was finally inaugurated in 2006. The elaborate moniker is in honour of an iconic Chinese merchant of the 15th century, Zheng He.
As a traveller, if you want to take an offbeat route to explore the wonders of Palembang, Masjid Cheng Ho can be a good addition to the list. It has sincere blends of Chinese, Malay and Arabic styles of architecture, both in design and colour codes of the structure. Other than being the place of worship for the local Muslim community, it is also a centre of free education of Islamic learning.