Many Indonesians feel worried when they want to vacation abroad. First, they are concerned about how to find halal food. Second, they need to know whether the country has a place for worship or not. Actually, Muslim people can do jama’ or qoshor while away from their homes. But still, it will be more comfortable to pray on time.
Singapore is a neighboring country of Indonesia. It is located very close to Indonesia. You only need approximately two hours to fly from Jakarta to Singapore. There are many airlines that serve flights there like Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Jet Star, Lion Air, and so on. The flight tickets prices are also affordable, depending on the date you choose.
Although the area is quite small, this country is very developed and modern. There are many tourist destinations available, for free or paid. It also has integrated transportation like MRT and bus. Singapore is also a paradise for pedestrians. The streets there are big and clean. They have no chewing gum rules.
Singapore residents are very law-abiding. They don’t dare to throw litter because the fine is very large. Here, the fines can reach $1,000 for first-time offenders and littering fines range from $300 to $1,000 for first-time offenders. Both fines rise up to $5,000 for third-time offenders with the possibility of facing jail time.
The majority of Singaporeans are Buddhist (31.9%) and Taoist (21.9%). 14.9% of Singaporeans adhere to Islam, 12.9% adhere to Christianity, 3.3% are Hindus, and 0.6% others, while the rest (14.5%) have no religion. Singapore is multiethnic (Malay, Chinese, Indian and European). Therefore, it will be easier for Muslim travelers to find halal food here.
There are 72 Masjids that spread around Singapore. These places of worship are also considered to be places of interest for their immense beauty besides to pray. Here are the list of 8 famous masjid In Singapore you can visit while travel:
- Masjid Sultan
This is one of the icons of the State of Singapore. It was built in 1824 by Sultan Hussein Shah, the Sultan of Johor who initiated the modern State of Singapore. It is located in Kampong Glam, near the Muslim district of Singapore. It plays an important role in the development of Islam in this country. Its uniqueness lies in its golden dome. The design of the building is a blend of traditional Indian, Islamic and European architecture.
The tourist attraction near this masjid is Haji Lane. It is a super famous and eye-catching street with colorful buildings. Many people love to take an Instagramable pictures here. One of Singapore’s famous cheap shopping areas, Bugis Street, is also less than a 10-minute walk from here.
If you want to find a hotel that is located near a masjid, you can stay a night at Sofitel Singapore. The hotel is really close to the Sultan Masjid, where you can pray five times a day.
- Masjid Al-Abrar
This Masjid is located inside the area ofChinatown. When founded in 1827, it was only a small thatched hut. Later, this masjid began to be reconstructed with bricks in 1850.
The building has an Indo-Islamic architecture and is united with shops on the right and left. Before or after visiting and praying in it, you can explore Chinatown by visiting historical buildings, shopping, and culinary tours. It will be perfect if you choose to stay at Tanjong Pagar Hotel because you can reach the masjid easily.
- Masjid Al-Falah
This Masjid is located in one of Singapore’s famous shopping areas, Orchard Road. It is attached to a commercial office building on Bideford Road. Built-in 1987, this place of worship can accommodate up to 1500 people. The majority of visitors to this mosque are office workers around Orchard Road and tourists exploring the road.
Those are some places to pray for Muslim in Singapore. If you are looking to stay in night accommodation while in Singapore, don’t forget to check Traveloka.
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