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Review of Istana Nurul Iman

Istana Nurul Iman
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$75.13*
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Full Day City and Water Village Tour with Lunch in Brunei
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$40.22*
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Half Day City Tour and Optional Water Village Experience
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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 January 12, 2013

Obviously you can only see through the front gates of the Sultan's Palace but I was amazed while driving around the property at the size of it. Something you must see in Brunei.

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Reviewed December 20, 2012

The Istana is a beautiful building. I have enjoyed dinner there, we lived in Brunei for 2 years as part of the Military.

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

1788 rooms, 500 bathrooms.... it's like a village by itself! Visitors will be able to take nice pictures of the Royal entrance but not of the whole building. It's simply too big and also it's surrounded by trees

4  Thank vtshai
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Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

Its pretty big! Too bad I can't enter... I love the sight of this Palace. Its not really well guardefmd (as my opinion) but I heard they are more than 1000 staff in that big house! Ah I can't wait to go inside.

1  Thank HyungJun P
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

its the resident of the role model of Brunei..its so big! in fact the 3rd larget palace in the whole world...took a water taxi to get a better view.....

4  Thank faris1010
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