Masjid Titi Papan, or the Titi Papan Friday Mosque, is a small mosque along Burmah Road, at the junction of Khoo Sian Ewe Road. This mosque dates back to 1893, and is significant for being the point where the Prangin Canal used to reach. The canal, which is only visible for part of the way near Prangin Road, once connected to another canal that was later placed by Transfer Road. The mosque itself got its name from a plank bridge across the canal.
Transfer Road was created in 1867, and was so named to commemorate the "transfer" of administration of Penang from India to Singapore, under the Straits Settlements. Masjid Titi Papan used to be the community mosque for the Peranakan Jawis (Muslims of Indian and Malay parentage) that lived in a settlement around it in the mid 19th century. This community has long since disappeared, although further down Jalan Transfer, the Tamil Muslim community around Dato Koya Shrine still exists.
Masjid Jamek Titi Papan
2E Burmah Road
10050 George Town, Penang
Masjid Titi Papan, Penang (29 September, 2012)
14 August, 2014: Utusan Online reports that the Penang State Government is planning to make Masjid Titi Papan a mosque of the Chinese Muslim community. It will be the first mosque in the state that will be administered by the Chinese Muslim community, said Datuk Abdul Malik Abdul Kassim, the Chairman of the State Religion, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs. The mosque will be renovated to incorporate Chinese Muslim elements in its architecture, to reflect Chinese, Indian and Malay culture.
Masjid Titi Papan is located near the start of Burmah Road. From the Komtar Bus Terminal, walk along Tek Soon Street to Jalan Penang. Cross Penang Road and turn right. Walk along Penang Road until you arrive at the junction of Burmah Road. Cross Jalan Burma using the pedestrian bridge. Turn left, walk along Burmah Road, and you will arrive at Masjid Titi Papan at the junction of Khoo Sian Ewe Road.
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