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Istana Nurul Iman

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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 397 helpful votes
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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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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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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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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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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Address: Address: Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
Location: Asia  >  Brunei Darussalam  >  Brunei-Muara District  >  Bandar Seri Begawan

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