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.

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Author:Lakwatsero

Pinoy Lakwatsero is a mid twenties professional from Makati, Philippines who occasionally takes a break from his work and travel the Philippines and the neighboring countries in Southeast Asia. His goal is to travel Europe and West Asia. Pinoy Lakwatsero also blogs for the Philippine Travel Blog

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

  1. April 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm #

    Wow! Nakapunta ka na pala sa Brunei! :D

    I would love to visit that country soon. My grandfather went there when I was in Elementary yay :D

  2. April 19, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

    woot. maganda dun. hehehe. not for long stay nga lang. :D pero ok maglakwatsa dun.

  3. April 19, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    Cool! Rell! Di naman ni Batang Yagit. Porma ayu imo sanina! lols. Murag model.

    Love the place! very beautiful!

  4. April 22, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    Wow, hayaaya!

  5. April 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    ow…

    ganda ng brunei…

    jan galing tatay ko…hehehe

  6. April 25, 2009 at 1:06 am #

    wow sana maka labas din ako ng pinas gaya ng mga yagit :D hehehe

  7. April 25, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    nagtataka lang ako.. okey lang ba gumala sa brunei na nakshort? lols..

  8. May 25, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    Well-traveled na pala ang batang yagit. Cool. “,)

  9. Erick
    June 13, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    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…

  10. June 27, 2009 at 3:38 am #

    wow lakwatsero na nga si batangyagit at nakakarating na sa brunie..daig pa ko..sana makapunta rin ako jan..

  11. July 20, 2009 at 9:27 pm #

    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

  12. August 10, 2009 at 1:01 am #

    I was in Brunei back in ’99. Unfortunately I have no pics to show for it. Did you go to Jerudong? hehehe

    • August 10, 2009 at 8:23 am #

      yeah. I think i did. the name sounds familiar. hehehe. :P

    • August 10, 2009 at 8:32 am #

      naalala ko na pala. Yun pala yung open theme park. Woot! The theme park was closed few years ago I think.

  13. julius altar
    August 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    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…….

  14. papina
    September 3, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    hi! how long did u stay in brunei? is it expensive there?

    • September 4, 2009 at 12:32 am #

      Hi, I stayed there for a couple of days. If you compare with Philippine prices, yes it’s relatively expensive.

  15. January 31, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    ???? ??? ??? ???? (Assalamou aleykoum!!!)

    we are looking for help to finish our mosque inchallah

  16. Nice
    February 13, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    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!

  17. david
    June 3, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    I’m David.
    Am looking for friendship that provide information about Brunei, I leave.
    I am a Muslim and I’m Quran Qari International.
    My email:rabiolqoran@yahoo.com

  18. winston
    October 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    wow,,, i been there.. ang ganda ng shots mo… hope we shares ng shots…

  19. March 27, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    i regret not going inside the last time i went there. the stained glass ceiling looks magnificent!

    • Lakwatsero
      March 29, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

      it is! :) Wish I could also go back to BSB to take more Mosque photos. :)

  20. April 20, 2009 at 12:49 am #

    hahaha.lols :P

  21. April 25, 2009 at 5:45 pm #

    only if you’re christian or tourist. :D not sure though. hehehe :D but nobody put me in jail because i was wearing shorts. :D

  22. July 20, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    passport lang po. :D they didn’t even ask for show money. :)

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