Krue Se Mosque

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Krue Se Mosque
Masjid Kerisek.jpg
Basic information
Location Pattani
Affiliation Islam
Country Thailand
Architectural type Mosque

Krue Se Mosque (Malay: Masjid Kerisek; Thai: มัสยิดกรือเซะ; RTGSMatsayit Krue-se) also called Gresik Mosque or Pitu Krue-ban Mosque (Thai: มัสยิดปิตูกรือบัน), is located in Pattani Province, Thailand. It was begun in about 1583, but was never completed because of a power struggle between the sultan of Pattani and his brother, the present structure is on the same site and dates to the 18th century CE. It features a mixture of Middle Eastern and European architectural styles.[1]


The mosque is claimed by some Patani people to have been built by the Chinese pirate Lin Daoqian (Lim Toh Khiam), who according to local lore married the daughter of the sultan of Patani and converted to Islam. A Dutch report of 1603 by Jacob van Neck wrote that the then principal mosque of Patani "was very neatly constructed by Chinese workers from red bricks".[2] Next to the mosque is a garden as well as the gravestone of Lin Guniang (Lim Ko Niao), said to be Lin Daoqian's sister.[3]

Krue Se Mosque Incident[edit]

On 28 April 2004, during Thaksin Shinawatra's premiership and in a period of insurgency by Islamic nationalists in the southernmost provinces, 32 suspected gunmen took shelter in the mosque, after more than 100 militants carried out terrorist attacks against 10 police outposts across Pattani, Yala and Songkhla provinces.[4] After a 7-hour stand-off with Thai military personnel, soldiers attacked and killed all 32,[5] the attack was made in contradiction of orders from the Minister of Defence to end the confrontation peacefully, and has been the subject of an international inquiry, which concluded the military used excessive force.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "มัสยิดกรือเซะ". Pattani City Hall. Archived from the original on 29 June 2006. 
  2. ^ Anthony Reid (30 August 2013). Patrick Jory, ed. Ghosts of the Past in Southern Thailand: Essays on the History and Historiography of Patani. NUS Press. pp. 12–13, 22–23. ISBN 978-9971696351. 
  3. ^ Francis R. Bradley (2008). "Piracy, Smuggling, and Trade in the Rise of Patani, 1490–1600" (PDF). Journal of the Siam Society. 96: 27–50. 
  4. ^ "The Nation, "Shattered by horrific events"". 29 April 2006. Archived from the original on 19 January 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Thai mosque killings criticised". BBC. 28 July 2004. 

Coordinates: 6°52′23″N 101°18′11″E / 6.87306°N 101.30306°E / 6.87306; 101.30306