Chakraphong Mosque

Bangkok, Thailand

Chakraphong Mosque

Chakraphong Mosque (Thai: มัสยิดจักรพงษ์) is a historic mosque in Bangkok. It is considered the oldest mosque located in the inner city area, or Rattanakosin Island near the Grand Palace and royal field Sanam Luang.

This mosque dating back to the King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I)'s reign during the early Rattanakosin period. It was built by war captives brought back to Bangkok from Pattani after the autonomous Muslim sultanate in the south was subjugated by an army commanded by the younger brother of the King, Somdet Phra Bawornrajchao Maha Sura Singhanat. His Majesty the King allowed the Pattani Muslims to build houses and a mosque within the city walls, granting them land in Ban Tuek Din (along present-day Ratchadamnoen avenue near the Democracy Monument and Satriwitthaya School) and in Bang Lamphu (near Chakraphong road). Later, during King Nangklao (Rama III)'s reign, descendants of some of these people settled down along the banks of Khlong Maha Nak canal (now is Maha Nak Mosque in Bobae area).

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