Kampung Laut Mosque
"Kampung Laut Mosque is believed to be the oldest mosque in Malaysia. Its unique architecture design without the use of nails resembles two mosques found in Java - Demak Mosque and Peringgit Mosque."
Kampung Laut Mosque is believed to be the oldest mosque in Malaysia. A unique aspect of the construction of the mosque which still impresses modern architects is the fact that the entire structure was built without the use of even a single nail. This unique structure resembles two mosques found in Java - the Demak Mosque and the Peringgit Mosque.
It is believed that the mosque was built in the 18th century by a religious group who were sailing to Jawa. Until 1966, this mosque was used as a centre to perform religious activities by the people who lived in the vicinity of Kampung Laut.
Unfortunately, the mosque was badly hit by flood at the end of 1966 and early 1967. As a result, the State Government had to close down the mosque and build a new mosque in a safer location. In November 1967, the State Government in association with the Malaysia History Society and the National Museum dismantled and rebuilt the mosque on its present location at Nilam Puri, the Centre of Islamic Study in Kelantan.
Every effort was done to faithfully preserve its original architecture with the maximum use of original materials. However, only the main part of the mosque was able to be rebuilt. To preserve its historical value, an organising committee was formed to maintain the old mosque.
Kampung Laut Mosque is located in Kampung Nilam Puri (Nilam Puri Village), about 10km south of Kota Bharu. For more information, please contact the Kota Bharu Tourist Information Centre at 609-7485534.
How to Reach there:
From Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Airlines (tel. 1 300 88 3000) flies twice daily. You'll land at Kota Bharu's Sultan Ismail Petra Airport (Tel. 609-7737000), about 20 minutes outside the city. From there, you can catch a taxi to Kg. Nilam Puri.
Express trains depart daily to Kelantan and other majot towns up north. Two train stations serve Kota Bharu town. Disembark at the Wakaf Bharu Station. From there, you can board either the No: 19 or 27 bus into the Kota Bharu town. For further details please visit www.ktmb.com.my
There's two routes you can take from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu. The overland route takes you eastward along the Karak Highway to Kuantan in Pahang a journey of about 3 hours, and from there, to Kota Bharu another 4 1/2 hours' drive. The inland route to Kota Bharu turns off the Karak Highway at Bentong and proceeds northwards to Raub and Gua Musang, before reaching Kota Bharu. Kampung Laut Mosque is located in Kampung Nilam Puri (Nilam Puri Village), about 10km south of Kota Bharu. You can catch bus No. 44 from Kota Bharu to Nilam Puri.
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