What’s that gleaming in the distance? It’s Masjid Sultan!
3 Muscat St
The Masjid Sultan is the national mosque of Singapore. It is a must-see landmark when you are in the Cultural & Civic District. The mosque’s iconic golden dome glows under the sun, and it’s hard to miss!
Masjid Sultan was first built in 1824 as a single-storey building with a double-tiered roof. It was later demolished and rebuilt in 1932, and has undergone multiple refurbishment works ever since. The mosque that you see today has a prayer hall which can accommodate up to 5,000 people in its glorious pre-Covid days.
The mosque lies in the heart of Kampong Glam – a dynamic enclave where you can find a good mix of traditional trades with modern bars, cafes and boutiques. We recommend setting aside half a day to venture around Kampong Glam.
This religious building earned its national monument status on 8 March 1975 for its historical and cultural significance, especially for the Malay/Muslim community in Singapore.
As you take a step closer to its doorstep and look up, the base of each golden dome is embellished with glass bottle ends! Back in the days, these were collections of the Sultan, donated by the lower-income Muslims who wished to contribute in the reconstruction of the mosque. Everyone in the community – not just the rich – had a part to play in Masjid Sultan’s reconstruction.
Walk-in visits are available at the mosque at selected times. Be sure to check their official website for more detailed and updated information.