Photo: Acheen Street Mosque's minaret.

Acheen Street Mosque

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Towering above the surrounding tightly packed shophouses and bungalows around Lebuh Acheh, the Acheen Street Mosque’s minaret betrays its presence in the otherwise hidden enclave.

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The small butter-coloured mosque was built at the turn of the 19th century by Syed Hussain Al-Aidid a wealthy spice trader of the Acehnese royal family who had settled in Penang. According to accounts, he was among other wealthy international traders who were invited to take up residence in Georgetown by Francis Light to strengthen Penang’s (and Britain’s) presence as a trading post to rival that of Sumatra.

A taste of butter-coloured Aceh in Penang. Photo taken in or around Acheen Street Mosque, Penang, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

A taste of butter-coloured Aceh in Penang. Photo: Sally Arnold

The mosque’s architecture survives largely in its original form with a truncated version of the pyramidical tiered roofs seen in mosques in Aceh, Melaka and elsewhere in the archipelago, and features an octagonal Chinese ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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