Masjid Bencoolen Hot
This masjid was originally built in 1845, presumably by Indian Muslims who could have relocated from Bencoolen in Sumatra.
In 2001, the mosque's site was redeveloped as part of a mixed development comprising of a commercial block and a 12-storey residential complex. The redeveloped masjid, which is part of the complex, was opened to the public in May 2004. It can accommodate about 1,100 worshippers.
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Just a word to describe it....nice.
When I was a secondary school student in the early 90s, I recall passing by the old mosque while on the way to town on a bus. It had by that time shown its age and later fell into a state of disrepair before finally being demolished to make way for redevelopment.
Now, the mosque is modern but without the distinctive architecture that characterised the old mosque. There is a basement level and the main prayer hall is air-conditioned so on a very hot day, you can take refuge here from the heat while performing your obligations as well.
Being an "Indian" mosque, do be aware that 'Asar prayers start later than at other "non-Indian" mosques.