#PHOTO Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Brunei Royal barge

Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan

Photo of the week 13, 2015 Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and the Brunei Royal barge

Brunei is a small country fully surrounded by South Malaysia and the sea on Borneo. It’s a rich country due to the oil amongst the richest in the world. An absolute Muslim monarchy and fully dry country. I loved the view below with the Brunei Royal Barge and the mosque on the background. A Royal barge was used for transport over water by the monarch. Although this Brunei Royal Barge is fully made of stone and won’t be moving around any day soon it is used for certain ceremonies. You can visit the mosque including the interior except during prayer time. Dress appropriatie.

Read my full story of the trip this photo was taken here.

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Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan
Brunei – Bandar Seri Begawan


  1. Yup.. you can enter, meet and greet His Royal Highness and family during Eid ul Fitr.. starting from the 2nd day to the 4th day.. the queue is very long though but you will enjoy a wide spread buffet of food and receive a souvenir too

  2. Nice blog Chris….and would like to thanks for your visit to Brunei.

    Im myself a pure Bruneian and pround being a locals here. Just to point out about the Brunei Royal barge you did mention, it is actually a replica of a 16th Century Sultan Bolkiah Mahligai Barge and it would’nt move.
    The barge itself was completed in 1967 to commemorate the 1,400th anniversary of Nuzul Al-Quran (coming down of the Quran) and was often used to stage the Quran reading competitions previously.

    • Thank you !!

      I loved my visit to Brunei, such a beautifull country. I hope to be back one day.
      if i’m right, there is twice a year an option to actually visit the Royal Palace itself?

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