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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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Hidden beauty!

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Olongapo, Philippines
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Rostock, Germany
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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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1 of 5 bubbles 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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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

An annual visit. The palace is open for visits during the first few days of the Hari Raya celebration. Members of the public get to go in and meet the members of the royal family. Of course, with Brunei's customs, the male visitors get to meet the male members of the royal family and the ladies meet the ladies. The... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

The largest royal palace in the world. You cannot see too much from the front gate, but you are allowed to go up to the gates and take photos. We were also able to take photos of the guards as they are very friendly and helpful. You can get great views of the palace from the water village.

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Batam, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Very spacious, magnificent and luxurious. A nice park. Full banquet feast before shaking hands with Sultan Brunei in order Eid Mubarak (Idul Fitri).

Thank Taufiq67
Lake Garda, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Even though you can only see this place from outside its gates (access is permitted inside only 3 days a year and, yeah, we weren't that lucky), you get a pretty good idea about how the sultan lives. Lavishness at its best.

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