Temenggong Abdul Rahman’s domain

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Temenggong Abdul Rahman and his family lived in Telok Blangah, on a hill side overlooking what is now VivoCity. So, he was on the other side of the Singapore River compared to Sultan Hussein, with the British in between. Behind Telok Blangah is Mount Faber Park, from where you can get the cable car to Sentosa Island (as seen in the centre of this photo above). It is the islands around here which were the hideouts for the Malay and Bugis ‘pirates’. 

Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim built a palace here to rival that of the British Residency, but it was destroyed by fire so there is little to see of the Temenggongs here in Singapore, other than their resting place. Along Telok Blangah road, near to the Harbourfront MRT station, is the green-roofed Masjid Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim and the yellow Royal Johor Mausoleum. These are both on land covered by Johor sovereignty so access is restricted and taking photos is not allowed without permission from the Religious Affairs department of Johor.

While both Temenggong Adbuk Rahman and Temenggong Daeng Ibrahim are buried in Singapore, the founder of modern Johor, Temenggong Abu Bakar, is buried in Johor Bahru in this yellow Mahmoodiah Royal Mausoleum. He was born and educated in Telok Bangah, but made his name in Johor.

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