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“Visiting Istana Nurul Iman”
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Istana Nurul Iman
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Owner description: 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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“Visiting Istana Nurul Iman”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

Best to visit during the Muslim New Year as it opens to the public, normally on the 2nd day of the New Year. The Open House (or 'Open Palace') gives its citizens and residents a chance to greet the Royal Family during the nationwide 'Hari Raya' celebration.

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Brunei
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“Open Once A Year To The Public”
Reviewed July 18, 2012

If you are interested to come tothe biggest palace in the world. Come to Brunei during the Eid Mubarak. Open for 3 days and you are welcome to greet the King of Brunei. Its a long queue but its worth it the time

Visited August 2011
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Only the golden Dome and a roof can be seen”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

The Istana Nurul Iman, or the sultan's Palace, the one containing over 1800 rooms, cannot be seen by common people, but once in the year at Hari Raya. Unfortunately I wasn't there on those days, so the boatman who made the ride on the river to the kampung Ayer, brought me up to the Istana, of course at some respectable distance, from where I could see only few roofs and a giant golden dome. Maybe one day I'll be able to arrive in Bandar at Hari Raya, when the palace is open to locals and foreigners as well.

Visited May 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“wonderful”
Reviewed June 6, 2012

This is a wonderful piece of architecture
very impressive

Visited June 2012
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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“Lovely”
Reviewed June 2, 2012

Beautiful view everywhere around the mosque! inside and outside! everything seems so perfect!

Visited March 2012
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