Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan

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A popular religious site set in a lagoon, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque appears to float on water. Located amidst floral gardens, the mosque ranks among the most prominent in Southeast Asia. Tour the complex, which was built in 1958, to view its combination of Islamic architecture and diverse decorative traditions--from Saudi Arabian rugs to British chandeliers and Italian marble. Dress appropriately, with long pants and a shirt covering your shoulders. To visit Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque on your holiday in Bandar Seri Begawan, and find out what else Bandar Seri Begawan has to offer, use our Bandar Seri Begawan vacation planner.
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Where to stay in Bandar Seri Begawan

A business oriented city, Bandar Seri Begawan offers a number of hotels and with most of them in the middle to higher price range. Luxurious five-star options can be found next to the park hosting Islam Sultan Sharif Ali University while mid-range ones are grouped on both sides of Sungai Kedayan. It may be difficult to find budget options but upscale places often offer discounts online. Family-oriented establishments can be found along Jalan Kianggeh Road. Budges places tend to group in the vicinity of the water village museum.
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  • A popular spot to view the grand architectural mosque in Brunei; beside the Masjid Jame' Asr. A sight to behold especially at night when the lights shine brightly reflecting on the water. Some constru...  more »
  • ...because it's in the middle of the city ! There is not that much to do in Brunei , so there is probably nothing wrong about taking the time to have a closer look at this muslim church !  more »
  • If like me, you feel a little overwhelmed with Mosques during prayer time, take an hour or so to gaze around this gorgeous monument. Centrally located, easy to get to and free access. A must-see in Br...  more »
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  • If Aladdin could live anywhere in the world, this would be it. The mosque is so beautiful. Unfortunately they were closed to non-Muslims during Ramadan, but I still enjoyed admiring the exterior.
  • Good to learn more about architectural design of mosque and religion of this germ country. At night it will be the best shot. There are available for getting in but no photo inside.. Wear proper clothes to get in
  • This mosque is beautiful inside and out. As a tourist and non-Muslim, I was allowed to put on a free robe to cover my legs (I was wearing shorts) and enter inside the mosque for a look inside. No photos are allowed inside, and you are only able to stand in a specified area. But still, it's beautiful to see inside this ornate house of worship. The outside of the mosque is stunning - and perfect for photo opportunities. I took over a hundred photos from the different angles I could find. There's a "boat" you can walk over to and get some great shots of the mosque as it gets reflected in the water. Before you go (if you want to go inside at least), check the times for visitors, because some parts of the day are exclusively for Muslims who will be having prayer inside.
  • Very beautiful floating mosque. 1 of the most beautiful mosque in the world.
  • Beautiful mosque on the river. The architecture is beautiful and the grounds well cared for.