Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan

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Built in 1992 to celebrate the 25th year of the current sultan's reign, Brunei's largest mosque and its four terrazzo-tiled minarets dominate their surroundings. It's impossible to miss as you head towards Gadong, about 3km from the city centre. It's certainly an impressive building – because the sultan is his dynasty's 29th ruler, the complex is adorned with 29 golden domes. At night the mosque is lit up like a gold flame.

The interior more than matches the mosque's lavish exterior. The sheer volume in itself is remarkable, not to mention the myriad woven rugs scattered across the men's prayer hall.

Look out for the sultan's own personal escalator at his private entrance to the mosque.


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