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The 300 Years Mosque in Narathiwat to Be Developed as a Cultural Learning Center

March 27, 2014 Destination Thailand No Comments Email Email

1483135109pWadi Al-Husein Mosque, also known as Taloh-manoh Mosque, or the “300 Years Mosque,” in the southern border province of Narathiwat will be developed as a cultural learning center and a historical tourist site.
The project is included in the strategy for the Five Southern Border Provinces Special Zone Development Plan, implemented by the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center.

This Islamic religious structure is expected to welcome more visitors, especially Muslim tourists, from ASEAN, when the ASEAN Community is in place in 2015. The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center has received funds to improve the landscape of the mosque, which is regarded as a part of the cultural heritage not only of Thailand but also of the world at large.

Since public participation is important for the success of development work, a forum was held in November 2013 to sound out public opinion on the project and encourage local villagers to be aware of the importance of this structure as a study center.

Located at the foot of Budo hill in Taloh-manoh village, Lubo Sawo subdistrict, Bacho district, Wadi Al-Husein Mosque is 24 kilometers from the town of Narathiwat, on Highway 42 (Narathiwat – Pattani Route). It is the oldest wooden mosque in Thailand and perhaps in the Malay Peninsula.

This mosque was constructed in 1624 during the same period as Krue Se (Kersih) Mosque in Pattani. It is said that Mr. Wan Husein Az-Sanawi, who migrated from Ban Sano Yanya in Pattani province, built this mosque. Originally, the mosque was roofed with palm leaves, and later, the palm leaves were replaced by fired clay tiles.

The most prominent feature is that the mosque resembles a Buddhist temple. It comprises two buildings connected to each other, in a mixture of local Thai, Chinese, and Malay architectural styles. Parts of the buildings interlock each other without nails, and above the roof is a base that supports a gable.

The Azan tower is of a Chinese style and is situated on the rear part of the roof. The tower has wooden walls with windows. The air holes are carved with floral and Chinese designs. The top-tiered roof features a dome constructed in the Chinese pavilion style. Fine carved designs are decorated around the two buildings.

The 300 Years Mosque has been registered as a historical site by the Fine Arts Department. Today, it is still in use for religious practices among Muslims, and it also serves as a community center.

In the past, the Taloh-manoh village, which is the location of this mosque, was a place where the Koran (Qur’an), written by hand, was created. Visitors can see the mosque from the surrounding area. Those wishing to see the interior must be granted permission from the village Imam.

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