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Istana Nurul Iman

Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1000, Brunei Darussalam
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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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"open to the public"
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"residential palace"
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"fasting month"
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"idul fitri"
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"shaking hands"
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"stunning palace"
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"square feet"
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"sultan's palace"
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"taking photos"
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"river cruise"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took a boat to the monkey forest and past the house of the sultan. Very shinny :-) We also flow from the airport and great view from above. No entrance only 3 days after ramadan

Thank Paul v
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As part of our city tour we stopped a couple of times to get views of the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, and the seat of the Brunei government. Our guide described it in glowing terms, clearly proud of this important...More

Thank Dan W
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Come to Brunei and visit this attraction after the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan when this huge palace will be opened for 3 days, inviting the people including tourists for a Hari Raya festivity. This year of 2018, the palace is expected to be opened...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Not worth going by car as you can't enter and can barely see what's inside from the gate. It's better to pass by the palace on your staple Brunei river cruise. It is however a stunning palace.

Thank Nadya R
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Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

You can't go in and you can't really see it from the outside, only from across the river. Waste of money for the taxi.

1  Thank nussknacker007
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Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

Cannot see too much the tour will take you around the back and then stop at the front gate for a photo shoot of the gates as you cannot see the building

1  Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 21 September 2017

Brunei is an oil rich sultanate not a tourist hub, People go to Brunei to work in oil or other industries. Not much there for tourists to see or do.

1  Thank him b
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

This is the palace of sultan of brunei, the richest monarch of the world. Visit during Hari Raya if you want to get inside and meet the royal family. I heard that the line would be extremely long.

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Reviewed 13 July 2017

You can only enter the Istana during the Muslim New Year. From outside, you can see 2 guard posts which is guarded 24 hours. Recommend taking pictures but from the parking lot opposite the Istana.

1  Thank Jason L
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Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

For 3 days only they open the palace to the general public, let you have a meal for free, and then show you to queue up to meet the royalty. I shook the Queen's hand and had a brief chat about what I was doing...More

Thank sarah b
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Joiee W
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Dear Joiee, Hotels nearby the Royal Palace include Bad'iah Hotel and Le Gallery Suites.
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