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Address: Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam

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The Palace of a Humble King

I was here for the open house during the Eid. It was swarming with people from all walks of life, yet food was amazing, enough for everyone. Crowd control was the most efficient... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I was here for the open house during the Eid. It was swarming with people from all walks of life, yet food was amazing, enough for everyone. Crowd control was the most efficient I've come across. There were door gifts for everyone, in addition to money-packets for children too. All in all, a must-go destination, if you are in the... More 

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Pekanbaru, Indonesia
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43 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very limited access is available for tourists at the palace. We are just allowed to take pictures in front of its main gate. However, it's still good for your memorable documentation.

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Adelaide
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I really only had an opportunity to take a look at the Palace from the water, which didn't give the greatest view - but it is certainly a very impressive building - and a second palace is currently being built (supposedly for when the prince claims the throne). Although you think with 1788 rooms there may have been a corner... More 

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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164 reviews 164 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This palace is closed to the public as it is the private residence of the Sultan of Brunei. The palace is only open to the public for the first two or three days to the public who gets to meet the royal family. Since I have not been inside, there is nothing much to comment except that you could pose... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were not allowed access to the Palace of the Sultan. But we were allowed to take photos from the outside. The guard wqs kind enough to accommodate our request to pose with us and take a picture with him. A grand palace.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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33 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Only saw the outside of this place but you can see through the gates the beautifully landscaped garden.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We did a terrific day tour with Borneo Trekker (see also review for Borneo Trekker) but were only able to see the very top of Istana Nural Iman during the tour. It is sprawling, but do not expect an inside tour of this location, as it is not open to the public.

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Paranaque, Philippines
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

It was advertised as the world's largest residential palace. But not much to review about as you only see the palace gate and cannot go inside. No comment.

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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Despite being 7th, I rate His Majesty's palace as numero uno. And not cause of the monument but because of the opportunity. The palace is only open for three days in the few days of Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Eid Fitr! And you have the chance to shake hands with the royal families. The sultan himself for the men and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We had the good fortune to visit BSB on the days when the palace was open during Hari Raya. The halls, breezeways and rooms were just incredible and meeting the Queen and princesses was certainly an experience I won't forget. If you're not visiting during this time then the view from the gate isn't particularly spectacular as the palace itself... More 

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