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Address: Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Description: 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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Open house is the only time worth visiting.

Every year, there are 3 days of open house, that you are actually allowed into the palace. That said, there were 180,000 visits this year, so be prepared to spend a long time in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Every year, there are 3 days of open house, that you are actually allowed into the palace. That said, there were 180,000 visits this year, so be prepared to spend a long time in queues. The palace itself is huge, officially the largest private residence, which includes a mosque in the complex, and many grand halls. Open house means its... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We scheduled our trip on the Istana Open House. We were not disappointed. There were many people but the lines were orderly. With lots of food and a souvenir for everyone.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The Sultan's palace, which is the world's largest residence, is only open to the public for three days per year, otherwise you only get as far as the front gate, however I was fortunate, by shear luck, to be in Brunei on all of those days and visited on the third one. The grounds with its gardens and water features... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

They are no access normally. I believe they only open to public during Special Occasion, especially Ramadan Times. Normal time you can take a photo on the front gate and also see the back from the Kampung ayer.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

They say that the Istana Nurul Iman is a grand attraction. However, I don't believe this is for tourists because when we visited, we were only able to take photos AT THE GATE. If this is the only thing which tourists can do, then it is not worth coming here.

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hong kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

i just take a quick & far away view of palace. can't to say that is beautiful or not but it is really big while i take boat get around his area. wow

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Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

No one in his right mind would doubt that Istana Nurul Iman is probably one of the most opulent dwellings not only in Brunei but in the world, deserving of five stars (or probably more), if one is to rely on (the public domain) information available on its various impressive statistics. However, how does it rate as an attraction for... More 

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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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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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Address: Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Location: Asia  >  Brunei Darussalam  >  Brunei-Muara District  >  Bandar Seri Begawan

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