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

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Jalan Tok Nek, 16200 Tumpat, Kelantan


+609-741 2400

Masjid Kampung Laut is one of the oldest mosques in Malaysia. There is no confirmatory evidence when the buidling of the mosque took place. It is estimated to have been built sometime in the 15th century or 18th century. It is currently located at Jalan Kuala Krai, in Nilam PuriKelantan, but to relocate to its original location in Kampung Laut, Tumpat and reopen to the public this coming June (2022). [source]


Masjid Kampung Laut is estimated to have been built in the 15th century, by a group of Champa government transporters; from the Kingdom of Champa. Its style is largely typical of local traditional architecture, and is climate-appropriate, similar to local houses in the area. The style is also remnant of a once culturally southern Indian Hindu architecture. The original mosque had a basic architectural style and structure: with four pillars for the foundation and palm fronds for the roof.

By virtue of architectural resemblance, it is said that the mosque was the original Masjid Agung Demak that was built in 1401. The mosque was relocated from its original site to Kampung Laut (hence the name).  

During the reign of the Kelantan Sultanate between 1859 and 1900, the mosque became an important meeting point for the sultans and religious leaders. The mosque was also used as a trading post. During this period, the mosque was expanded and upgraded with 20 pillars, a three-tiered roof, a tower (for muezzin to call for prayers), an attic, and a water tank while the flooring was made of well quality timber. The mosque was handed over to the Kelantan Government under Menteri Besar Datuk Asri Muda's administration in May 1970. [source]


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