Chini Mosque: An architectural wonder

Syedpur’s ‘Chini’ mosque grabs attention of tourists for its unique architecture

Located in the remote town of Syedpur, about 20km from Nilphamari is the historic “Chini” mosque which is famous for its aesthetic architecture. 

Many people mistake the mosque to have been constructed by the Chinese. However, the name actually comes from the Bangla word “Chini” or sugar due to its perfect installation like sugar grains.

However, locals in the area believe that the mosque is named as “Chini” as it is completely made of porcelain. 

According to sources, in 1883, Haji Baker Ali and Haji Muku first built the mosque with cane and bamboo in the Islambagh area of Syedpur. 

Locals later re-built the mosque with wave pattern tin. 

In 1920, the first phase of the mosque was paved on the initiative of businessman Haji Hafiz Abdul Karim. 

Later, Md Mokhtul and Nabi Baksha jointly designed the historic mosque which was constructed by hundreds of skilled craftsmen and artists. 

The wall coverings alongside the vases, flower bushes, roses, moons and stars all over the walls are very popular.

The mosque contains 243 Shankar marble stones brought from Kolkata. Besides, about 25 tons of porcelain pieces were placed on the mosque with stones. 

As per the locals, a gas factory located in Bogura donated 25 metric tons of porcelain to decorate the entire mosque. These cover three large domes including the 32 minarets of the mosque.

The mosque is not just a place of worship, its construction is quite attractive to tourists both at home and abroad. 

There are special arrangements for tourists to stay on the second floor of the mosque. Every day, innumerable people from home and abroad come to visit this historic mosque.

How to get there

It will be a wise move to visit Chini mosque by railway as Syedpur is known as a railway city. 

The Nilsagar Express train leaves Dhaka for Syedpur every morning at 8:15am and reached Syedpur at 4:45pm. The mosque is just two kilometers away from the railway station.

There are buses available from the capital’s Gabtali, Uttara, Kalyanpur to Syedpur at regular intervals. 

One can also go directly to Syedpur by air through Biman Bangladesh Airlines, NovoAir and US Bangla operate around 10 to 12 flights daily on that route.