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A Mosque With a Chinese Character

Evi Nurvidya Arifin

THE JAKARTA GLOBE, 5 May 2010

It is undoubtedly exotic in its looks, but to the naive passerby the only thing that may seem truly extraordinary about this building in Palembang, South Sumatra, is its colorful architecture. The structure, which resembles a temple, is painted in deep red and pink and topped off with a jade green dome. Two towers in the shape of a five-tiered pagoda flank the sides, complete with Chinese-style touches on their polygonal roofs. On closer inspection, however, a crescent moon and a star are perched on top of its dome. This is not a Chinese temple, but is actually the Muhammad Cheng Ho Mosque.

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Also  read:   In Indonesia: A Lion Dance, an Islamic New Year, and the Anniversary of a City

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