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Address: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

With 1,788 rooms, a banquet hall that can seat over 4,000 guests, a 1,500...

With 1,788 rooms, a banquet hall that can seat over 4,000 guests, a 1,500 people capacity Mosque, 5 swimming pools and a 110-car garage, the 200,000 m² (2.15 million sq ft) Sultan of Brunei's lavish Royal Palace, build by the Philippine's Ayala Corporation in 1984, is the world's largest residential palace, situated on top of a hill overlooking the capital and the Brunei River. Its golden domes and sweeping rooflines make for an awe-inspiring view, even from a distance and are a glittering example of Brunei's enduring royal heritage. Though only accessible to those on official business, the Palace, which name means "The Palace of the Light of Faith", is however open to the public for three days a year, when His Majesty usually holds an "Open House" to greet his subjects and visitors alike on the occasion of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the religious festival following the fasting month of Ramadan. On other days, the sumptuous palace, which is also Brunei's seat of government, can be viewed through the main entrance gates, from the nearby Damuan promenade or from various angles on the Brunei river.

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Not permitted to enter, only taking photograph in front of the gate. The guard is friendly and will answer all your questions.

Reviewed 23 March 2017
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New Rochelle, New York, United States
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5 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This should be in everyone's "bucket list" to visit - shaking hands with the Royals...It's worth every hour..Wait is about 3-4hrs depends on the crowd but during the 3-day opening for Hari Raya, best is to visit the last day (prob. less people) - but it is a very comfortable, orderly, and pleasant experience at all time for me!

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35 attraction reviews
Reviewed 23 March 2017

Not permitted to enter, only taking photograph in front of the gate. The guard is friendly and will answer all your questions.

Thank rinawazir
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

You're not allowed to enter the palace. So you'll only able to stop by the gate. I came here after a visit at Royal Regalia (where we can see the replica of some main rooms in the palace), so I could imagine something's going on inside :)

Thank Zessi F
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

You can see the entrance .Can stop and take the pictures. Can see from the river during river tour. Or you can enter during 3 days of idul fitri.

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Rostock, Germany
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

You can't see much of it, since you cannot enter the area. However you can have a little look at it from the river. Ask the local boat drivers to drive you there. Also there is a park when you drive the mainstreet along the river. You can have a look there as well.

Thank Vishous92
Olongapo, Philippines
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81 reviews
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

It is such a shame that you can only catch glimpses of the palace. You can get a picture from the gate or catch a glimpse of the roofs and domes from the cruise or water taxi.

Thank _LeeKO_22
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016

After booking our cruise months previously we contacted Esjay Loh with Viator about availability of the Bandar Seri Begawan Shore Excursion. She responded in a timely fashion the shore excursion was available. We are here to see the Istana Nurul Iman (Palace) which is in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest living residence of the Sultan of... More 

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Rockdale, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2016

At my accommodation in Bandar Seri Begawan & arriving on 07/07/16 the reception staff suggested if I'd like to go to ISTANA NURUI IMAN to meet the Sultan of Brunei, agreeing for the following morning 08/07/16 a complementary mini bus dropped me off with a few other guests, on arrival you board another mini bus to the main entrance &... More 

Thank Stephen N
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Thank you my dearest friend who arrange our trip to this classic and awesome mosque. I am very glad given another opportunity to visit this great place. This make me so calm and relax. Alhamdulillah. Will be here again in near future.

Thank SantikeyMarket
Bandar Seri Begawan, null, Brunei
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

It is grand Palace but nothing much to see other than taking picture in front of the main gate. Unless you are here to visit during Hari Raya celebration where you greet His Majesty. It is also when the palace is opened for just three days to the public.

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