Jamae Mosque

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Jamae Mosque, Singapore Overview

Jamae Masjid or commonly known as Jamae mosque is one among the earliest mosques in Singapore located on the South Bridge road of Chinatown and established in 1826. This masjid is also known as Chulia mosque or Periya Palli (Big Mosque) among the Tamil-Muslim communities of Singapore. The mosque is next to Sri Mariamman Temple at a rather predominant Chinese location. The Jamae Masjid has distinctive minarets, and it may seem like a peculiar oddity in its prominent Chinese location in Chinatown. Since Sri Mariamman temple is right beside it, they both comprise to be a renowned landmark in the South Bridge Road for about 200 years now.

The eclectic architectural style of the Masjid has elements borrowed from both the East and the West. The entrance gate has a South Indian Indo-Islamic influence. The prayer hall's neoclassical features have Doric columns, and large windows with Chinese green-glazed tiles, The exterior of the Masjid Jamae Chulia is intricately designed with tiny doors and cross-shaped openings that instantly catch the eye. The mosque is perfect to witness early Singaporean architecture in its original form. Although it has been repaired and repainted, the Jama Masjid has never been rebuilt or reconstructed, unlike other 19th century establishments. The mosque was gazetted as the National Monument in 1974.

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A community of Tamil Muslims called Chulias from the Coromandel Coast of South India were the ones who established the Jamae Masjid. The Chulias entered Singapore as traders and money changers. Gradually, they had set up three mosques in Singapore in a short period. Jamae Masjid was the first among the three. The other two were Al Abrar Mosque and a Nagore Dargah.

Later in 1881, when the early benefactors passed away, a lease was granted to the five trustees of the Masjid. The Jamae Mosque and Nagore Dargah were placed under a new panel of court-appointed trustees. The Mohammedan and Hindu Endowments Board took over the management of Masjid Jamae Chulia until 1968. There have been many proposals to rebuild the structure, but the mosque has remained unchanged since 1835. The Jamae Mosque is skewed towards Mecca, and its compound is aligned with the street grid.

The Jamae Masjid is well connected with buses and MRT (Mass Rapid Transit). The closest bus stop is at a distance of 2 minutes. Buses 961, 851, 961, 970, 51, 63, 124, 174E, 174 and 186 stop near the Mosque. The nearest MRT Station is Chinatown MRT Station. Alight at Exit F and walk for a distance of 2 minutes to reach here.

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