Masjid Panglima Kinta Mosque
Downtown Ipoh has three mosques and there is a consensus, from the outside at least, this is the most aesthetically pleasing with its crisp blue and white design. At night, it becomes even prettier with tasteful lighting showing the mosques intricate architectural features. Its design borrows from a multitude of influences with British, Moghul and neo-classical (Greek and Roman) architectural elements.
Built in 1898 at a cost of 15,000 Straits Dollars using materials such as pounded clamshells and egg white, today Masjid Panglima Kinta is a listed heritage building.
Masjid Panglima Kinta Mosque is next to Ipoh’s famous Mural Arts Lane on the ‘New Town’ side of Kinta River.
Visiting Masjid Panglima Kinta Mosque
Masjid Panglima Kinta is very welcoming to visitors, Muslim or non-Muslim. They also have volunteers at the mosque, with help from the Abim Islamic Outreach Centre, who are happy to guide and engage you in discussion about the mosque and Islam in general.
Masjid Panglima Kinta is one of eight mosques currently included in Ipoh’s Heritage Trail. It is also the oldest. The other seven are:
Indian Muslim Mosque (built in 1908)
Kampung Paloh Mosque (1912)
Ubudiah Mosque (1917)
Pakistani Mosque (1930)
Ihsaniah Iskandariah Mosque (1938)
Sultan Idris Shah mosque (1978)
Muhammadiah Mosque (2013)