There is a newly added tourist attraction in the popular Rantau Panjang, Kelantan. It’s Malaysia’s first Chinese-style mosque with the name of Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque. Locally known as the Beijing Mosque, the Sultan Ismail Petra Silver Jubilee Mosque has just been completed recently.
The Beijing Mosque is located on 3.7ha along Kota Baru-Rantau Panjang road. The mosque is a spectacular masterpiece that is built at a cost of RM8.8 million. This newly added attraction will certainly increase the number of tourist arrival to the beautiful state of Kelantan.
Even though the Chinese-style mosque has been completed, it has yet to be officially opened to tourists. Nevertheless, the local Muslims communities, especially those living in the area, have been using it to perform their daily prayers since the fasting month.
The attractions of the mosque lie in its unique design that combines Chinese and Islamic architecture, similar to the Niujie mosque in Beijing. The mosque also incorporates Indian and Uzbekistan features, especially for the interior decoration. It can accommodate up to 1,000 people. The mosque will certainly attract not only locals but also foreigners due to the fact that the mosque is one of its kinds in Malaysia.
The Beijing mosque will be used not only to promote Kelantan, but also to promote Rantau Panjang, which is one of the three duty-free zones in the state. The Rantau Panjang area is a beach resort style tourist destination that is popular for its tranquil environment, beautiful Malay villages, crystal clear water and white sandy beaches. In addition, the Rantau Panjang is also one of the few areas in Malaysia where sea turtles lay their eggs.
The maintenance of the mosque will be handled by a committee. A sum of RM50,000 will be allocated to this committee for their management work so that the mosque can be well taken care. Overall, if you ever step your foot in Rantau Panjang, do pay a visit to this spectacular Beijing mosque.
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