DATU SAUDI AMPATUAN, MAGUINDANAO, PHILIPPINES — You might’ve already heard of the Pink Mosque in Iran, the Masjid Nasir-ol-Molk, that is lined with a considerable amount of pink tiles and interiors. The Philippines has its own version, specifically located in Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao.
Masjid Dimaukom, popularly tagged as the Pink Mosque, is located about an hour away from Cotabato City. The mosque stands proud near the town center of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao. It wasn’t a hidden fact that the mayor’s family, who financed the construction of the mosque, has a healthy obsession with the pink hue. From street lamp posts to road barriers, almost a majority of government structures in the town are basked in pink paint.
The mosque was said to be built by Christian workers for the Muslims signifying unity and inter-faith brotherhood. The construction of the pink mosque was finished in 2014.
INSIDE THE PINK MOSQUE
Do you know the interior color of the Pink Mosque? Of course, it was pink! Gold pillars and arches were also matched with the still pink walls. I got to explore inside upon seeking permission from the caretaker. They allow visitors as long as there are no people praying inside and you observe proper mosque etiquettes.
TRAVEL GUIDE / TIPS
- HOW TO GET THERE.
- From Cotabato City, ride a multicab/jeepney bound to Isulan and ask to be dropped off at Datu Saudi (fare PhP 50, about 1 hour travel time). You can also ride a Husky Bus. But I chose the former, plus topload!
- The town is vibrantly populated with pink structures, so getting lost is minimal. The pink mosque is a short walk from the pink roundabout.
- The mosque is open for tourists, but please observe proper mosque etiquette.
- GETTING AROUND. If you’re ready to leave the town, you can choose to walk towards the bus/van terminal or ride a tricycle. Fare is just PhP 5. There is an eatery near the terminal if you need refreshments.
- If you are coming from Cotabato City prior to Datu Saudi Ampatuan, you can also make a sidetrip to the Blue Lagoons in Datu Odin Sinsuat, near Margues Elementary School (along the highway).
This is part of an 11-day solo birthday adventure to Soccsksargen, Singapore, Tanjung Pinang / Bintan (Indonesia) & Johor Bahru (Malaysia). Read the rest of the adventure here:
- From GenSan to Gumasa Beach
- Balut Island, Davao Occidental
- General Santos Fish Port Complex
- Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
- Asik-asik Falls, (North) Cotabato
- Grand & Pink Mosque
- Isulan & Baras Bird Sanctuary, Sultan Kudarat
- Lake Agco & Davao City
- Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands, Indonesia
- Loklok Hunting in Johor Bahru, Malaysia
- Marina Bay, Singapore