Built in late Ming and early Qing dynasties, Dewai Mosque is also called Beijing Fayuan Mosque. Located at the northeast of Desheng Gate, the name of Dewai Mosque has a meaning of “outside Desheng Gate Mosque”.
Covering a total area of 1,800 square meters, Dewai Mosque combines Chinese architecture with Arabic Islamic architectural style. It is a great example of Chinese traditional mosque. The main buildings of it include the main gate, the second gate, the prayer hall, the teaching room, and the Bunker building. The second gate is a two-layer building, which has a room for taking a break and having a shower in the north and has a guest room in the south.
There is a smaller prayer hall for female at the southeast corner of the main prayer hall. Muslims from home and abroad come here to pray every day. The mosque was rebuilt in 2003 and opened to the public again in 2007 with an expanded area of 2,800 square meters. It was officially appointed as an important place for foreign-related religious activities in the 2008 Olympic Games. The mosque has also been a tourist attraction nowadays. Therefore, there are many tourists come here to visit.