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Review of Istana Nurul Iman

Istana Nurul Iman
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Half-Day Small Group Brunei Water Village Experience Tour Including Water Taxi...
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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.
Sydney, Australia
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“Megan Sydney”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013

It's like viewing all treasures in one place.
Nothing bad about it as they are kinda of museum, see how other nobles exchanged gifts.

Visited June 2013
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“Part of the splendor of Brunei”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

We started talking with a nice guy from Brunei at the waterfront of Bandar Seri Begawan and he said he would like to show us where the palace of the Sultan was situated. So we piled into his car and made the 10 minute drive to the gates of the palace. Of course, we could not get past the gates, but the sheer size and splendor of the grounds and the buildings were impressive. I was walking along the gated entrance, as suddenly the gates nearest to me swung open and the policeman on duty called me back nervously. Within seconds a big black Mercedes-Benz with lesser cars following entered the palace grounds through the gates, which closed promptly. (See pictures). Showing pictures to people from Brunei it transpired that probably the Sultan of his brother was at the wheel. A memorable experience.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Worth seeing”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited January 2013
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Hungerford, United Kingdom
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“Gold”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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“the biggest residence building in the world”
4 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited December 2012
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