Photo: Night falls over Kampung Kling Mosque.

Kampung Kling Mosque

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Kampung Kling Mosque dates from 1748, making it one of the oldest in Malaysia. For lovers of architecture, Kampung Kling Mosque is a delight, with an eclectic conglomeration of styles that result in a charming idiosyncratic look known as the Melaka Style.

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At the time of its construction, the neighbourhood (kampung) surrounding the mosque was principally settled by Southern Indians, known by their Malay term, “Kling”. The assemblage of stylistic influence attests to Melaka’s multicultural trading past with its three-tiered-pyramid roofline not unlike a Hindu Meru and Chinese-pagoda-style minaret.

Streetside view. Photo taken in or around Kampung Kling Mosque, Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

Streetside view. Photo: Sally Arnold

All Melakan Style mosques of the same period adhere to a similar form, and the stepped roof is also commonly found in mosques in Indonesia, particularly Sumatra and Java (here, too, influenced by earlier Hindu architecture). The staggered roofline allows air and light into the mosque, which is great for a ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 200 words.)

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