NUSADAILY.COM – BANGKOK – In the midst of the dense village of Bangkok, Thailand, there is an old mosque built by migrants from Java, Indonesia hundreds of years ago.
The mosque was named the Masjid Jawa (Javanese Mosque). Until now, the mosque is still standing strong. Around the mosque many residents of Javanese descent.
To get there, you can depart from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Station, then take the MRT and get off at Silom. Next move to Sala Daeng BTS Station and buy a ticket to Saphan Taksin, then get off at Surasak Station.
From Surasak down take the left exit and head in the opposite direction until you find an alley. After that, enter the alley leading to the Masjid Jawa which is about one kilometer from the alley.
For those who want to go to the Masjid Jawa in Thailand, if you are still confused by the road to the mosque, when you get off the train can immediately ask the motorcycle taxi drivers. Everyone will know where the Masjid Jawa is. To go to the mosque will go down the alley by walking. From the main alley turn left, then turn right and go straight then turn right in a small alley.
Usually in the aisles that approach the mosque, there will be many Muslims. On average they come from Java. They were excited when asked about the location of the Javanese mosque. Usually when asked about the location of the mosque they will greet him with the words “Are you Moslem?”Assalamualaikum, I am Java too, “
They also enthusiastically welcomed the guests who came. Especially if you know that Javanese people come, their eyes show a very happy and proud feeling. They also showed the pyramid-shaped mosque building and typical mosque in Java complete with kentongan and drum.
Architecturally, this mosque is exactly like the mosque in Java which has a taper-shaped model. The pillar in the mosque has four pillars and equipped with drum. But the place of ablution is different. There the ablution place is equipped with a seat made of cement. So, when performing ablution, not by standing bent, but while sitting. The rest, in general, the mosque building is still very sturdy and well maintained.
In the mosque complex, precisely in the courtyard, there is also room for madrassas. Every night in that place there are about 60 children who study religion. They are Muslim children around the mosque. Besides the madrasa diniyah, there is also an ambulance unit belonging to the mosque.
In front of the mosque across the alley, Muslim cemeteries were also seen like those in Java. Such an atmosphere complements the landscape of a social complex in the Muslim area of Java. (aka)