Mosque at Telok Manok
Telok Manok, Thailand
The mosque in the village of Talomanoh, located about twenty-five kilometers from the provincial capital of Narathiwat, is known by many names. Colloquially it is known as Talomanoh, Telok Manok, or the Talok Manok mosque in reference to the village, Wadi Al-Hussein, or Vadialhussein mosque in reference to its patron, or 200 or even 300-year-old mosque in interpretation of its age. The mosque was most likely constructed around 1769, near the end of the Patani Sultanate. The involvement of the pronounced patron, Wadi Al-Hussein, or Wan Hussein Az-Sanawi, is ambiguous; he may have been involved in the original eighteenth century establishment of the mosque or perhaps in its 1960's reconstruction.

The mosque combines Thai, Malay and Chinese architectural styles. The mosque is entered via a narrow raised walkway projecting perpendicularly from the mosque. The body of the mosque is formed by two buildings joined together lending it a tapered look. Raising the structure on pillars is a traditional Southeast Asian architectural response to construction in wet regions.

The building is constructed solely in timber. Thus, instead of nails the construction uses gendered joinery, or interlocking elements carved to fit securely into each other. Intricate carving on various panels, as well as the delicate detailing of leafs, flowers and Chinese-inspired designs, in the perforated wooden screen windows reveals the nature of timber that lends itself to artistic creativity as well as structural practicality. The noteworthy detailing is carried onto the wooden brackets below the roof as well as the sculptural finials found at the termination of the curving eaves.

The roof, originally thatched in palm, is now covered with the locally fired red clay Patani tiles. The layered hipped roofs, which are common in traditional architecture of Southeast Asia, are surmounted by two quite different features. The central body of the mosque is surmounted by a gable, which is held above the main roof in a reverse-stepped base. This distinct apex is rivaled by a tower marking the end of the mosque. This "azan" tower where prayers are called from is described as Chinese in design in that it is a square lookout with windows on all four sides which sport tiny shutters.

Sources:

Andrews, John. 1988. "From Bunga Mas to Minarets." Saudi Aramco Online. http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/198803/from.bunga.mas.to.minarets.htm. [Accessed February 15, 2007]

"Narathiwat Attractions." Thailand Tourism Website. http://www.tourismthailand.org/destinationguide/list.aspx?provinceid=76&typeid=7. [Accessed February 15, 2007]
Location
Telok Manok, Thailand
Events
1769
Variant Names
Mosque at Telok Manok
Masjid Talok Manok
Variant
Talo Mano Mosque
Variant
Masajid Talomanoh
Variant
Masajid Vadialhussein
Variant
Building Usages
mosque
religious