Jamae Mosque in Chinatown - Singapore


Jamae Mosque in Chinatown - Singapore

Masjid Jamae (Masjid means "mosque" in Arab; Tamil: ஜாமியா (சூலியா) பள்ளிவாசல், Chinese: 詹美回教堂) is one of the earliest mosques in Singapore, and is located in the Chinatown district within the Central Area, Singapore's central business district. The mosque was established in 1826. This mosque is also known as Chulia Mosque, Maideen Mosque and the Big Mosque among the Tamil Muslim community in Singapore. Together with its neighbour, Sri Mariamman Temple, the mosque stands out in its predominantly Chinese location. Its presence might well have been the inspiration for the name of the street that runs beside it — Mosque Street.

Jamae Mosque was set up by the Chulias, who were Tamil Muslims from the Coromandel Coast of South India. They came to Singapore mostly as traders and money changers and set up three mosques within a short time; Jamae Mosque was the first. The other two are Al-Abrar Mosque and Nagore Durgha, both of which are on Telok Ayer Street.

In 1894, Jamae Mosque and Nagore Durgha were placed under a panel of court-appointed trustees, under which they remained until 1961. The Muslim and Hindu Endowment Board then took over the management of the mosque until 1968, when it handed the reins over to Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS).

Despite two efforts to rebuild it, the present structure has remained more or less unchanged since it was completed in 1830. Jamae Mosque is skewed towards Mecca although the mosque's compound is aligned with the street grid.

Jamae Mosque's value as a historical site was crystallised when it was gazetted as a national monument on 29 November 1974.;


Address: Masjid Jama'e
Masjid Jamae Chulia (Mosque), 218 South Bridge Road

map for Masjid Jama'e

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