Masjid Kampung Laut - one of the oldest mosque in Southeast Asia, Tumpat

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Jalan Tok Nek, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan


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Masjid Kampung Laut, located in Kelantan, Malaysia, is considered one of the oldest mosques in the country, although there is no definitive evidence of its construction date. It is estimated that the mosque was built either in the 15th or 18th century. Currently situated at Jalan Kuala Krai in Nilam Puri, the mosque is set to be relocated to its original location in Kampung Laut, Tumpat, and will be reopened to the public in June 2022.


Historical records suggest that Masjid Kampung Laut was constructed by a group of Champa government transporters from the Kingdom of Champa in the 15th century. The mosque's architectural style is typical of traditional local design, incorporating elements that are well-suited to the local climate, and bears remnants of once-dominant southern Indian Hindu architecture. The original mosque was built using basic architectural techniques, with four pillars forming the foundation and palm fronds serving as roofing materials.

Some historians have suggested that Masjid Kampung Laut was actually the original Masjid Agung Demak, which was built in 1401, due to similarities in architectural design. The mosque was relocated from its original site to Kampung Laut, and hence the name.

During the Kelantan Sultanate's reign from 1859 to 1900, Masjid Kampung Laut served as a crucial meeting point for both the sultans and religious leaders, and it was also utilized as a trading post. During this time, the mosque underwent significant expansion and upgrading, with the addition of 20 pillars, a three-tiered roof, a tower for the muezzin to call for prayers, an attic, and a water tank, while the flooring was constructed using high-quality timber. In May 1970, the mosque was handed over to the Kelantan Government under the administration of Menteri Besar Datuk Asri Muda.


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