Kapitan Keling's Tomb
(4 December, 2015)
Read Accommodation Tips for Busy Travelers
to save yourself some time and money when selecting a hotel in Penang!
The Kapitan Keling's Tomb
is the restored ruins of a mausoleum at Kampung Kolam
, George Town. It is the tomb of Cauder Mydin Merican, the leader of the Indian Muslim community, known as Kapitan Keling, who founded the Kapitan Keling Mosque
. The tomb is officially known as Makam Ma'Amah
, or Ma'Amah Mausoleum, in honour of Aminah, Cauder Mydin Merican's third wife, who was also known as Ma'Amah.
The mausoleum was originally a stand-alone structure with a roof, similar in appearance to buildings at the Kapitan Keling Mosque and the Acheen Street Mosque, with stout pillars supporting a roof. The roof has since collapsed and have been cleared away, leaving only the supporting columns.
The tomb of Kapitan Keling in George Town.
(4 December, 2015)
The Merican clan was one of the wealthiest families of Tamil Muslims to have settled in George Town. Hailing from Tamil Nadu, the Mericans were seafarers and merchants. As the leader of the Tamil Muslims, the Kapitan Keling was granted an 18-acre plot in 1801 by the then Lieutenant Governor of Prince of Wales Island, George Leith, for the purpose of building a "Mohammedan church", that is to say, a mosque.
The Kapitan himself owned the land to the west and south of the mosque. He had his home built at Kampung Kolam, the village that got its name from the water tanks. When he passed away in 1834, a grand tomb was built for him. It was in the form of a pavilion supported by columns. It is even grander than the tomb of Tengku Syed Hussain Idid, the founder of the Acheen Street Mosque
Over the decades, however, the Kapitan Keling's tomb became neglected as future generations lost touch with their heritage. It was only recently, with the inscription of the area as within the core zone of George Town's UNESCO World Heritage Site, that interest was revitalized to understand the history of the mosque and its founder. Thanks to the Trustees of the Kapitan Keling Mosque, the tomb of Cauder Mydin Merican was cleared and restored. The area is landscaped and planted with frangipannis. Although it is still in a state of ruins, it is now preserved and can be appreciated by all.
Kapitan Keling's Tomb, Penang
(17 November, 2010)
Front view of the Kapitan Keling Tomb
(17 November, 2010)
Old Muslim graves at the Kapitan Keling Tomb
(17 November, 2010)
The old Muslim graves before restoration
(26 January, 2005)
The Kapitan Keling's Tomb is located off Kampung Kolam. To get there, you can take Rapid Penang Free Shuttle Bus
to Station No. 15 (Kampung Kolam).
Location of Kapitan Keling's Tomb
Your Made-In-Penang guide to visit, discover and enjoy Malaysia and more!
My mission with this website is to provide you the most detailed information of the places I've describe, information that I hope you'd find useful. It's not just about Penang
, but about other cities too, including Kuala Lumpur
, Johor Bahru
, Alor Setar
, and more. I have also written about major tourist destinations such as Langkawi
and Cameron Highlands
, as well as smaller destinations such as Kuala Sepetang
. So are all the states in Malaysia - Johor
, Negeri Sembilan
. And also Singapore
Latest Pages & Updates on this website
This website is supported by Agoda
Penang Travel Tips is able to provide you free information thanks to its affiliate partnership with Agoda, the most reliable hotel booking engine in this region. You can support the maintenance of this website by making your next hotel booking with Agoda right here!
Compare room rates with HotelsCombined
To check which booking engine offers the best rate, use HotelsCombined
Even more sights to discover on Penang Travel Tips!
Buy Your Long-Distance Bus Tickets Here!
If you are planning to travel Malaysia and Singapore by bus, you can now purchase your long-distance bus tickets directly from Bus Online Ticket
, where you get to check the schedule as well as price of tickets from various bus companies.
My name is Timothy Tye
and Penang Travel Tips is my website - yay! I created this to satisfy my own curiosity about the world around me, but I'm glad the information I've assembled can be helpful to others. As a Christian, my hope that though this website, God's Good News
can reach every corner of the world and connect with every person in need of it. To contact me, click here
. Thanks for visiting!
Social Media Presence
To interact with me, join any/all of my Facebook Groups: Penang Travel Tips
, Exploring Malaysia
, Big World Out There
, My Little Bookshelf
, Learn Penang Hokkien
, Penang Street Art
, Penang Hawker Food
, Penang Restaurant Food
, Masa Masak
, Penang Residential Properties
and Armchair Traveler
I try my best to provide you the latest and most accurate information. However, please bear in mind that details change all the time, often before I have the chance to update them. Therefore, I would always encourage you to phone in and re-verify the information. I do apologize if the information I provide to you turns out to be inaccurate or outdated, and I would be most grateful if you would could help to update me
should you discover the right information. Your feedback helps other users.
Using the information on this website
You are allowed to make print outs of any page of this website to carry with you on your travels, for your own personal use. You are free to reference and link to any pages of this website from your blog/website without seeking my permission. You are NOT ALLOWED to copy and paste, word-for-word, the content of this website into your own blog or website. Photos bearing my copyright may only be used with my permission. Other photos bear licenses that have to be observed accordingly. Contact me
when in doubt.
Copyright © 2003-2016 Timothy Tye
. All Rights Reserved.