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Address: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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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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Half Day City Tour and Optional Water Village Experience
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Full Day City and Water Village Tour with Lunch in Brunei

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Meeting the royal family

An annual visit. The palace is open for visits during the first few days of the Hari Raya celebration. Members of the public get to go in and meet the members of the royal family... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An annual visit. The palace is open for visits during the first few days of the Hari Raya celebration. Members of the public get to go in and meet the members of the royal family. Of course, with Brunei's customs, the male visitors get to meet the male members of the royal family and the ladies meet the ladies. The... More 

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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The largest royal palace in the world. You cannot see too much from the front gate, but you are allowed to go up to the gates and take photos. We were also able to take photos of the guards as they are very friendly and helpful. You can get great views of the palace from the water village.

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Thank Barnsey44
Batam, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very spacious, magnificent and luxurious. A nice park. Full banquet feast before shaking hands with Sultan Brunei in order Eid Mubarak (Idul Fitri).

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Lake Garda, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even though you can only see this place from outside its gates (access is permitted inside only 3 days a year and, yeah, we weren't that lucky), you get a pretty good idea about how the sultan lives. Lavishness at its best.

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Thank Dana B
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not really worth making a special visit to Brunei just for the Palace Open House during Hari Raya since other attractions, museums, many restaurants and shops in BSB will be closed. The halls that are open to the public are rather bland, and the buffet lunch is at best, average. Expect to queue hours just to shake hands for a... More 

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Thank Ow Y
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Only open for few days after the fasting month, there is no specific dates. You can refer to when their fasting month is for the year. Tourists can only take pictures at the entrance and nothing can be done there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

We only managed to take picture in front of the castle's gate. But still it was really amazing architechture. According to the gate guard the castle only open to public during the second day of hari raya. Will surely come again next time.

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

no one is allowed inside except if you are royal guset or especially if its ramadan time best views are from brunei river i mean back of the palace

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Davao del Sur Province, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Better visit Brunei on a Hari Raya event for you to witness the inside view of the Istana, people said it was so huge, well it is the largest residential palace in the world so what do you expect :)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

Actually you can't really see it because it is hidden in the swamps of Bandar Seri Begawan. Just saw it in the museum from a maquette. Understand you can visit the palace of the sultan during celebration of Eid Ul Fitri (end of Ramadan), otherwise it is closed for public.

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