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  • Acheen St. Mosque in Penang

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    Acheen St. Mosque (officially Masjid Lebuh Acheh) is noteworthy for its unusual Egyptian-style minaret: as most local mosques have Moorish-style minarets, this one stands out. Built in 1808 by a wealthy Arab trader who came from Acheh (Syed Sheriff Tengku Syed Hussain Aidid), locals call it Masjid Melayu.

    Located in the oldest Malay kampung (village) in Georgetown, the mosque is a crucial structure for Malay and Arab traders in this quarter. One of the oldest mosques in Penang, the structure itself makes it worthy of a photo stop: you will not be able to enter the mosque but the exterior shots of the main prayer hall and the minaret should be beautiful.

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    A short walk away from the Khoo Kongsi, you will undoubtedly hear the azan (call to prayer) while you are sightseeing in Georgetown. About halfway up the minaret you’ll see a hole made by a cannon ball. It was caused during the 1867 triad riots: nine days of gory street fighting in which Chinese secret societies fought for power.

    The mosque is easy enough to find and there are plenty of buses that run routes past it. Take Rapid Penang bus number 10, 103, 301, 302, 308, 401 or U502 to Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keiling: the Acheen St. Mosque is located at the end of Medan Cannon. Alternatively, Rapid Penang bus number 11, 101, 104, 201, 202, 203, U204 or U206 run routes to Lebuh Chulia: from here it is a short walk to the mosque.

    Acheen St. Mosque

    • Location: Lebuh Acheh
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