The original mosque was more of a pyramidal roofed South East Asian typology, similar to what you can see in Melaka.
source: CNAMosques are part of Singapore's cultural landscape and heritage: Dr Yaacob
By Riz Sunawan, Channel NewsAsia
POSTED: 16 Jan 2015 21:56
Mosques in Singapore are part of the cultural landscape and heritage, which provides the diversity that all Singaporeans cherish, Dr Yaacob said after he unveiled the plaque marking the Alkaff Upper Serangoon Mosque as the 68th National Monument of Singapore.
SINGAPORE: The plaque marking the Alkaff Upper Serangoon Mosque as the 68th National Monument of Singapore was unveiled by Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim on Friday (Jan 16).
Mosques in Singapore are part of the cultural landscape and heritage, which provides the diversity that all Singaporeans cherish, Dr Yaacob said after the unveiling.
Said Dr Yaacob: “The mosque provides that diversity that we all cherish and we must continue to embrace diversity as we go forward. I think it represents what Singapore is all about, we have been always welcoming people from different background to Singapore to make this into a home and we must thank also the Arab community that build this mosque in the 1930s as a contribution.”
The Mosque was gazetted as Singapore's 68th national monument on Dec 19, 2014.
Speaking to reporters after the unveiling ceremony, he thanked the National Heritage Board (NHB) for honouring the mosque as a national monument. It is the sixth mosque to be gazetted as a national monument.
NHB said Alkaff Upper Serangoon Mosque "serves as a reminder of the Arab community's significant presence and contributions to society in pre-war Singapore"
The mosque reopened in March last year after upgrading works. The total prayer space increased from 800 to 1,200 congregants.