SINGAPORE - The upgrading programme of Sultan Mosque was launched on Monday, alongside Hari Raya Aidilfitri prayers at the mosque.
The project, at what many consider to be the national mosque here, is expected to cost $3.45 million and be completed by end-2015. The mosque – built in 1824 and gazetted as a national monument in 1975 – will remain open to worshippers during renovation.
As announced earlier in February, two lifts will be added to make it more convenient for worshippers to access the mosque’s higher floors. There will be new and more spacious ablution areas, the domes will be repaired and refurbished, and the entire mosque will get a fresh coat of paint.
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, officiated the launch of the upgrading project, and viewed exhibits showing artist impressions of the upgraded mosque