Oesman Al-Khair Grand Mosque in Sukadana Sub-District, North Kayong - Indonesia
Being the part of West Kalimantan Province, North Kayong Regency offers distinct tourism experience to everyone. For instance, tourists can visit a beautiful mosque in Sukadana Sub-District called Oesman Al-Khair. The mosque resides in Kota Karang Street and it belongs to Sutera Village, actually. The building is considered new as it was erected in 2012. It is true that the main function of this majestic mosque is to accommodate Moslems regarding a place for worshipping. However, these days, tourists are interested in visiting the site in order to take pictures and sightseeing. Thanks to such unique structure.
Another name is “Masjid Terapung” or the Floating Mosque. It is because the structure is built on sea level. It has the color of white and features glamorous lights! No wonder, the mosque looks so mesmerizing at night. In terms of size, it has the width of 50 x 50 meters and it is able to accommodate approximately 3000 people. The best thing is that the mosque has a decent architecture, adapting an Arabian architecture style. Both interior and exterior resemble that of Morocco’s mosques actually. Inside, tourists may see beautiful calligraphy as well.
Exploring Oesman Al-Khair Grand Mosque
The most common reason why tourists are interested in Oesman Al-Khair Mosque is to witness the architecture of the building. These people are impressed by 9 domes that beautify the mosque. The prime dome has is the biggest and it represents Mohammad the prophet. This grand dome is surrounded by 4 smaller domes, representing the prophet’s comrades. Other 4 smaller domes surrounded them, representing four different sects. In a whole, these 9 domes represent Wali Songo (the most famous propagators of Islam in Indonesia).
It is recommended to visit Oesman Al-Khair Grand Mosque with a local guide, so he can tell complete information regarding the building. He may explain why the mosque is built on the surface of the water as well. So, why is that? The purpose is none other than to symbolize the local culture, which is dominated by a fishermen community. It also represents bravery and the urge to look for improvements! For local people, the mosque becomes a significant place for worshipping and an important landmark of the region for sure. For tourists, the mosque becomes another destination during a vacation in North Kayong!
Aside from learning the history and meaning of Oesman Al-Khair Mosque, tourists are allowed to explore the building and take some pictures there. The only consideration is that they must come at the right time (when there are no worshippers). Also, it is important not to cause havoc and spoil the environment.
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- Genta Hill
- Bali Village
- Air Paoh Natural Spring
- Pasir Mayang Beach
- Gunung Palung National Park
- Durian Monument
- Pulau Datok Beach
- Tambak Rawang Beach
How to Get There
Tourists have many ways to get to Oesman Al-Khair Grand Mosque. For example, it takes about 2 hours from Rahadi Airport as the distance is 80 km. For those coming from Pontianak City, though, the trip may take around 9 hours and 20 minutes. It can be faster if they take Ahmad Yani Street.
Where to Stay
- Aulia Inn
- Kapuas Kayong Inn
- Anugrah Hotel
- Mahkota Hotel