Bugis is one of my favourite parts of Singapore. It has everything, good coffee at Sleepy Sams, great food at Alaturk, cheap Malay material and decor knick knacks and some beautiful art and traditional homeware at Melor's Curios. Bugis is also home to Singapores Sultan's Mosque and Istana Kampong Glam which houses the Malay Heritage Centre places I had been meaning to visit since we moved to Singapore.
The area around Kampong Glam has some wonderful street names.
The terracotta paving on Bassorah street leads to one of Singapores most important mosques, Sultans Mosque, named after Sultan Hussain. This masjid (arabic for mosque which is an english word) was erected in 1924 using donations from the Muslim community as a replacement for the original masjid which was built in 1826. It can hold 5000 faithful during prayers, men on the ground floor and women on the shrouded mezzanine. Architecturally it is a mixture of classical Persian, Moorish and Turkish design in a design called Saracenic style. At the base of its huge golden dome are hundreds of glass bottles stacked four or five rows deep.
The green tiles are etched with quranic verse 'enjoin in prayer will be rewarded' and the minbar or pulpit is said to be the finest in Singapore. The carpet itself was donated by a Saudi Arabian prince and bears his emblem. There are a number of clocks in the masjid so proper prayer times can be observed, you can just see one above Ms head.