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Istana Nurul Iman

Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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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153 attraction reviews
265 helpful votes 265 helpful votes
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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Timika
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64 reviews 64 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My daughter was invited over by her friend for a play date. She had the time of her life drivinging around the property in Escalade golf carts and riding bikes with her friend and her father. There are some very nice people on the other side of those gates.

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Chennai
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77 attraction reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Istana Nurul Iman is the residence of the Sultan of Brunei, and the seat of the Brunei government. The palace is located on a stretch of lush green hills on the banks of the Brunei River, a few miles south of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital. Quite simply (as certified by Guinness World Records), Istana Nurul Iman also is the... More

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Manila, Philippines
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Our driver brought us here and we thought we're just gonna drive past it to see how big the area is but he stopped in front of the main gate and asked us to stay in the car. He went to the guard and we were given permission to take a picture in front of the gate and also get... More

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australia
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179 reviews 179 reviews
85 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

If you go to the front entrance you just see 2 sets of gates and a large archway and gardens but go to the back of the palace on the water and you have a better view. As planned they wanted security and privacy . In fact buy a post card and you get to see what the palace really... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The palace is only open 3 days per year so for the rest of the time all that can be seen is the main gate, a glimpse of the roof line and a jetty from the river. Some tours will take you around the administrative area (the palace staff housing, the Sultans school he attended and his airport) but they... More

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Manila, Philippines
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41 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

One can only stay outside the gates to view the Palace. Actually one can only see little of the Palace and the grounds because of the trees inside. Nevertheless, one can see that this is really a house for the royalty

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Manila, Philippines
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

There's not much to do in Brunei. If you plan to visit Brunei, make sure that you timed it during the Hari Raya holiday when the palace is open. It was a memorable experience to meet the royal family that is if you do not mind lining up for hours for a few seconds of meet and greet. There was... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
29 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

The sheer size of the palace is extraordinary,, you have guards guarding the entry and the door is locked at all times to unkown people, during my brief 3 minute stay there I saw 2 cars exiting the premises and got to see past the gates for a few seconds. Hopefully, If I do, I plan on coming to Brunei... More

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