Masjid Kampung Laut (Mosque Kampung Laut)
|| Masjid Kampung Laut, Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Masjid Kampung Laut (Mosque Kampung Laut), currently located at Nilam Puri wasn't
the original location of the mosque. It was originally built in Kampung Laut
(hence, its name) by the Kelantan river bank. Unfortunately during a big flood
in 1967, the flood damaged most part of the mosque, which is then relocated
to Nilam Puri. Most of the building materials are from the original structure.
Masjid Kampung Laut (Mosque Kampung Laut) being one of the oldest mosques standing
in Malaysia, although the actual age of the mosque is unknown. However, judging from
the architectural and design, many believes it to be around 300 years. The unique
architectural is being adopted into many Kelantan official buildings. The mosque
was once the meeting venue for Sultan's meeting and was also used as a trader point
sometime later. There was a massive touch up was carried out in the late 80' and it
was estimated to cost about RM160,000.
The refurbishments include replacing the wall and roof, building additional towels,
toilets and electricity. The entire build-up area now is 74 feet by 71 feet and top
to end pillars. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed into the mosque. However
they can stroll around the outer compound. The best time for Muslims to visit is at
evening. It is definitely worthwhile to stay a night or two in Kota Bahru as there
are so much more to see. There are many hotels in Kelantan, for example
Royal Guest House, Renaissance Hotel and New Pacific Hotel are among
the popular Kelantan hotel.
Masjid Kampung is located at the south of Kota Bahru. If you are driving
from Kota Bahru, take route 8 heading to Kuala Krai, it's about 20 minutes drive.
Alternatively, you can board bus No. 4 from the central station in Kota Bahru,
opposite Bazzar Buluh Kubu and get off at Nilam Puri.