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Sunday, 5-Feb-2006 09:52 Email | Share | Bookmark
SELINGAN : Mengintai dari tirai masa

( Distinctively KeLaTte will be right back after this SELINGAN )

There is something I would like to share with my dear visitors.
Something of our forgotten past that many of us were left untold of.
Two rare photos each of Masjid Besar Kota Bharu and Masjid Kampung Laut.

I got these rare shots from the "Buku Cenderamata Kota Bharu Bandaraya Islam", something like a Memorial Album, published by Kota Bharu Municipal Council (MPKB) in relation to the self-declaration of Kota Bharu as an Islamic City, few months back.

The " gift book " featured lots of Kota Bharu aerial shots, the history, descriptions on the people, culture and the future of the town including details on the development projects soon to be done within the municipal area. In fact, It is a gift from MPKB to my workplace, so just don't think of borrowing it from me... he he

I am not sure whether the book is meant for the general public or not, but in case you could get your hand on it, I would suggest you to keep one. A considerably good insight on Kota Bharu and its future. With lots of photos too.

Do call the MPKB for more details.

A rare photo of a now non-existent Masjid Besar Kota Bharu, said to be taken shortly before the demolition work around 1940s.

The concrete minaret, as can be seen to the right of the photo is in fact one of the existing parts of the present day Masjid Muhammadi. A brick mosque was built in 1920s beside the existing old wooden mosque to support the daily religious services, but only around 1940s the wooden Mosque was finally torn down to give way to the new mosque expansion and upgrading work.

A local heritage that was lost to the advancing of Western ideas of modernisation.
( Click the image above to know more about Masjid Muhammadi of Kota Bharu and its history. By clicking on it, you will be guided to my previous entry on the mosque )

Judging from the old photo of the long gone Masjid Besar Kota Bharu, it is interesting to realise that how much it resembles this 400 years old Masjid Telok Manok or Masjid Wadi Al Hussain in Telok Manok, in Pattani, Southern Thailand.
A very old mosque, remnant from the glorious era of the once famous Islamic Malay Kingdom of Pattani.

Luckily, the Masjid Telok Manok is still exist and obviously in good shape. By looking at this living example of old Malay architecture, perhaps one could get an idea on how the demolished Masjid Besar Kota Bharu must had look like back then. Never been here myself though, wish I could ....

( Click the image above for the image real source )

A rare shot of Masjid Kampung Laut at its original site in Kampung Laut, Tumpat, Kelantan.

This photo, said to be taken in 1960s, shows the condition of the oldest mosque in Malaysia, before the great flood that almost erased it completely from existence.
Note that there was a graveyard by the mosque, probably as old as the structure itself.
If you go to Kampung Laut nowadays and pay a visit to the former, now submerged site of Masjid Kampung Laut, you will notice that only a small plot of the old graveyard still remains as large part of it had long gone with the merciless flow of the Kelantan river.

( Click the image above to know more about Masjid Kampung Laut. By clicking the image, you will be guided to my previous entry on the oldest mosque in Malaysia )


Teluk Manok Mosque by a fellow fotopager, Encik Korok. Click the photo for the real source and the entry.

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