Mosques of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

Jame’asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Gadong, Bandar Seri Begawan

During my trip in Malaysia last 2007, we were able to side-track for a couple of days in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei.  Brunei is located at the north end of the island of Borneo.  Brunei is completely surrounded by the Malaysian State of Sarawak.  Brunei is just a couple of hours (through ferry) away from Labuan, Malaysia where I was staying.

Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

Being an predominantly Islam country, we made it a point to visit the different Islamic landmarks which depicts the cultural heritage of the country.  Two of these are the Jame’asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque in Gadong Area and the other one is the famous national mosque of Brunei, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque located at the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan.

Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque Interior
Stained-glass interior of the Jame’asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

Due to some constraints in time, we were only able to explore one of the two mosques.  We were able to get inside of Jame’asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, locally known as Kiarong Mosque.  Upon entering the mosque, we were asked to take our shoes off.  This seems a common practice for Muslims when entering their mosques.  The biggest dome in the mosque contains the place where the Muslims pray. Taking of photos in this area was prohibited. We were also asked to wear black robes while we were taking our tour within the mosque.  The Kiarong Mosque is said to be the biggest in Brunei.

Gardens of Jame’Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque

The gardens which surrounds the majestic mosque

The other mosque which we were not able to explore is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque located at the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan.  Though I was not able to get inside the mosque, I had the opportunity to take pictures while taking a stroll in one of the malls of Brunei. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is considered by the locales as their countries major landmark. The said mosque is also known as the National Mosque of Brunei.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

The most recognizable feature of this mosque is it’s main dome’s material. The main dome is covered with pure gold.  The design of the whole structure is influenced by both Islam and Italian since the structure was designed by an Italian architect.

If given an opportunity, I’d love to go back to Brunei. It’s a small yet, it’s a very rich nation.

27 Replies to “Mosques of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei”

  1. dude just wanna ask kylangan pb ng visa papunta brunie? meron kc me trip going to kota kinabalu i believe dun ung ferry terminal going there,do i need visa paba or visa on arrival pwede,hope for ur response thanks,and nice pix…

  2. hi pwede magtanong pagnagpunta ka ng brunei need pa ng visa o parang sing4 wlang visa show money lang?gusto ko sana balak ko kasi punta ng brunaei e tourist lang thnks.reply plz

  3. ako din nakapunta na dyan actuaaly kauuwi ko lang lagi nga ako naglalakad dyan papuntang q.lap hangang kiarong.ganda grabe sobrang init………….hnd man lang ako nkapulot ng ginto o mahulog yung ginto ng mosque yung sa tutok ba ng mosque///////////////he.he…….

  4. hi. i heard kailangan ng visa sa brunei if you’re staying for more than 14 days. does anybody know how much show money is needed? thanks!

  5. I’m David.
    Am looking for friendship that provide information about Brunei, I leave.
    I am a Muslim and I’m Quran Qari International.

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