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Sri Mariamman Temple

The Sri Mariamman Temple (below) is Singapore’s oldest Indian temple.  It dates back to 1827 when a simple building put up by Naraina Pillai.  The two streets next to the temple are named Temple Street and Mosque Street.  The ‘Temple’ refers to Sri Mariamman while Mosque Street is named after its neighbour, the Jamae Mosque.

A fire-walking ceremony is held annually in the Sri Mariamman Temple.  This takes place about a week before the Festival of Lights known as Deepavali.  The building was gazetted as a National Monument on 6 July 1973.

Sultan Mosque

The original Sultan Mosque (above) in the Kampong Glam was built between 1824 and 1826 by Sultan Hussain Shah as part of his palace complex.  In 1924-1928 a big new mosque was designed by the architectural firm Swan & MacLaren to replace the old one.  Other than the renovations and an annex added in 1993, the mosque has remained basically the same structure.  The mosque was gazetted as a National Monument on 14 March 1975.

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Written by victorkoo

3 December, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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