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Photo story: Surabaya's Muhammad Cheng Hoo mosque

With its oriental-style dragon-fin rooftop ornaments, octagonal three-tiered dome and bright color combination of red and green, the Muhammad Cheng Hoo mosque in Surabaya is indeed a rare and interesting sight compared to other mosques in the country. Built in 2001 by the Muslim Chinese-Indonesians Association (PITI), the mosque is named after renowned Chinese admiral Muhammad Cheng Hoo. Historical accounts describe how Ming Dynasty legend Cheng Hoo, also known as Zheng He, embarked upon a world voyage with 30,000 soldiers, officials, accountants, merchants, healers, fortune-tellers and interpreters to advance trade, exploration and diplomacy as well as to exchange scientific and cultural knowledge. The devout Muslim set out on seven exploration missions in all, reaching Sri Lanka, India, the Middle East, Africa and many parts of Indonesia. The Cheng Ho mosque, built on a 21-by-11-meter plot of land on which stands an 11-by-9-meter main building, can accommodate some 200 people. The length of 11 meters was chosen to resemble the holy Kaaba in Mecca, while its 9-meter width signifies the Wali Songo, the nine holy preachers who disseminated Islam in Java centuries ago. The top of the main building is shaped like an octagon, representing the number eight, which stands for luck and prosperity in Chinese language. The octagonal shape also resembles a spider’s web, which is said to have rescued prophet Muhammad inside the Tsur cave when he was chased and about to be murdered by the Quraish people who saw him as an enemy. Meanwhile, the prayer room at the front of the main building is constructed like a church door, as an acknowledgment that Islam respects Jesus Christ and Muslims wish to live in peace and harmony with the adherents of other religions and beliefs. Beside the mosque is another building which houses a kindergarten in which four languages are taught: Indonesian, English, Mandarin and Arabic. This building also houses a basketball and badminton court, an office, a canteen and classrooms for Koran and Mandarin-language courses. "We also have very popular classes that provide guidance for mualaf [recent converts to Islam], which we hold every Saturday and Sunday,” mosque administrator Singgih Santoso told The Jakarta Post Travel last month. “People who come here are not only from Surabaya, but from Malang and Jakarta as well," he said. Due to its popularity, similar Chinese-themed mosques have been built in other cities, such as in Pandaan district in Pasuruan, East Java, and in Palembang, South Sumatra. Other regions across the country, including Jember in East Java, Makassar in South Sulawesi and Balikpapan in East Kalimantan, also have plans to build something similar. Muhammad Cheng Hoo mosque Jalan Gading No. 2, Surabaya
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Magnificent Madakaripura
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