Masjid Jamae a.k.a Chulia Mosque
218 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058767
Location: 218 South Bridge Road
Masjid Jamae, also known as Masjid Chulia or Chulia Mosque which is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore, is located at the corner of Mosque Road in the historic Chinatown area. The mosque was built in 1827, by south Indian Tamil Muslim migrants led by Anser Saib. The Mosque presence could have been the inspiration for the name of the street beside it (Mosque Street).
Jamae Mosque was paid for and built by the Chulias, Tamil Muslims from the Coromandel Coast of South India who travelled to Singapore as traders and money changers. In 1894, Jamae Mosque was placed under a panel of court-appointed trustees until 1961; when the Muslim and Hindu Endowment Board took over the management of the mosque. The mosque’s management was then handed over to Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS) in 1968.
It is one of several mosques built by the Chulias and is considered to be one of the oldest mosques in Singapore, The mosque was gazetted as a national monument on 19 November 1974. On 24 November 1981, the land lease was renewed for 999 years.
Architecturally, the mosque is interesting. The entrance gate is South Indian in style, but the two prayer halls and the shrine are in the Neo-Classical style typical of George Drumgoole Coleman.
The present structure remains virtually unchanged since completion in 1830. Although there were plans to rebuild the mosque in 1897 and 1911 none were ever carried out. In 1996, the mosque underwent repair and restoration works.
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