Having existed before the arrival of James Brooke in Kuching, Masjid Bandaraya stands proud as the oldest symbol of Islam and Muslim community in Sarawak. Its earliest incarnation was constructed on the banks of the river at the foothills, and made entirely of wood, with the characteristics of traditional Malay house construction of that time. The mosque had gone through several reconstructions and enlargements to keep up with the rising population through the years. Its most current incarnation is Mughal-inspired as evident from the domes and minaret, and yet still infused with Malay tradition and philosophy. It remains as one of the most iconic building in the heart of Kuching City.

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