Photo by Afur Wong / Singapore Tourism Board
The Sultan Mosque, sometimes considered Singapore’s national mosque, is set at the end of Bussorah Mall in Kampong Glam, angled toward Mecca. It’s topped with a pair of huge golden domes and twin eight-story minarets that can be seen from all over the neighborhood, and its massive prayer hall can accommodate 5,000 worshipers. Denis Santry from Swan & MacLaren (a firm responsible for many of Singapore’s well-known colonial-era landmarks) designed it in the hybrid Indo-Saracenic architectural style popular in British India at the time; it was completed in 1928. Have a look around the mosque and the pedestrian-only Bussorah Mall, a charming street lined by palm trees and colorful shophouses occupied by souvenir stores, cafés, and hostels.
By Heidi Sarna, AFAR Local Expert