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Istana Nurul Iman

Jalan Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha, Bandar Seri Begawan BA1000, Brunei Darussalam
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Half Day City Tour and Optional Water Village Experience
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Full Day City and Water Village Tour with Lunch in Brunei
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US$175.00*
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Full Brunei Experience - City Excursion - Water Village and Mangrove Safari
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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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Reviewed 1 February 2016

The only way you can get into this palace is during Hari Raya Celebration or New Year celebration where it will opens up for three days. So make sure to check your calendar and come at the right time. Otherwise the deepest you can get...More

1  Thank seriaboy
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Reviewed 25 January 2016

Looking from the gates does not give you any concept of the enormity of this palace. It is massive and it is elaborate. The guards at the gate stand at attention in full uniform in the oppressive heat. Worth the drive past for a look

1  Thank Nunngo
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Reviewed 20 December 2015

This is best viewed by water taxi. It's hard to see much of it apart from the golden dome. You can't go inside. It is the largest palace in the world and has around 2000 rooms.

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Reviewed 18 December 2015

Istana Nurul Imam is the palace of Sultan of Brunei. We were allowed only up to the main gate not inside, but the guards were so nice to allow us taking plenty of photographs even keeping a Minister's car waiting!

Thank Suman Nazmul H
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

The visit to the palace is quite an experience. The open house starts a day after Eid-al-Fitr and lasts for three days totally. The palace is beautiful. We can take pictures. All three days would be quite crowded and would require to stand in the...More

2  Thank NafiRiz
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Reviewed 10 November 2015

On my one day visit of Brunei I stooped outside just to see the gate. Even from that glimpse one can imagine the greatness inside.

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Reviewed 13 October 2015

You can't see much of anything beyond the gate most of the year (and unfortunately when I was there) But like other reviewers have said 3 days a year it is open. Even my tour guide suggested to me coming back for one of those...More

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Reviewed 1 October 2015

You can visit the palace during Eid.. at the same time you can meet and greet The Sultan and his family members. What's more? You will be given free food as well.

2  Thank NANA4767
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

I visited the palace during the open days immediately after the Ramadan festival. The building is huge and beautifully decorated. I got the opportunity to eat delicious food and meet the queen and her royal relatives.

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Reviewed 12 August 2015

we have a chance to see the h.h sultan of Brunei and family once in every year this istana is open for public and we treated with great food and gifts

2  Thank 24hrTravels
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Joiee W
22 June 2015|
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Response from BruneiTourism | Property representative |
Dear Joiee, Hotels nearby the Royal Palace include Bad'iah Hotel and Le Gallery Suites.
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