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Review of Istana Nurul Iman

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.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

While working in Brunei I undertook a number of projects inside the Palace. The palace is set in some beautiful gardens and covers a vast area. The palace is both a home for the Sultan and his family and a place for official state business. There are private rooms, guest wings, meeting rooms, banquet halls, swimming pools, clinics, roof gardens, spas and beauty spaces, a cinema and all the back of house area to keep this small town working.

Generally you can only visit the palace during Hari Raya, I was lucky to go there 2 or 3 times a week and see the internal spaces that are not open to public view.

Brunei is a beautiful and worth visiting for a few days, try to get a look at the palace while you are there...

2  Thank DohaMikey256
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

His majesty is only one sultan in this era who is really kindest and God fearing person who loves and care the peoples...He has very soft heart for Humans i love haim

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

As my wife and I were in Brunei during the hari Raya celebration, we took the opportunity to visit the palace of the Sultan and had an opportunity to meet the Sultan of Brunei. It was a great experience.

4  Thank CD04-Melbourne
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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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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

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