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Istana Nurul Iman

Istana Nurul Iman, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Chennai
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87 reviews 87 reviews
74 attraction reviews
256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
75 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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28 helpful votes 28 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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24 helpful votes 24 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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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

This palace is rated so highly because on three days a year it is open to the public and the people who visited it then obviously loved it and lots of them wrote about it. We visited on one of the other 362 days of the year. We thought by looking on Google, that there were roads around the palace... More

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Manila, Philippines
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We planned our travel to Brunei this year just to be in time for the end of ramadan and to expereince entering the Istana Nurul Iman. We arrived at 9:30 am. The event was really festive, unlimited food and drinks were served, the palace was breathtaking. It was an amazing expreince to meet and shake the hand of the queen,... More

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Beautiful landscaped palace grounds with admirable flora arrangement lining the walkways to the waiting halls where we were seated to greet the royalties during this festive season. Beauteous chandeliars and lightings lit the high ceilings of the waiting halls with magnificient wall decor complimenting the entire structure. The menu was well planned and prepared to cater to such a large... More

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