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Tuesday 19 February 2013

Brunei Darussalam - 2 Majestic Mosques

Brunei Darussalam - A country whose majority of population consist of Muslim Malays, Islam plays a central role in the people's lives. Alcohol is banned in the country and Bahasa Melayu is the official language. A visit to the mosques requires women to be entirely covered up. I was given long black clothings to put on before entering the mosque and it's interesting to see how they had a mini wardrobe of black robes for tourists visiting the mosque. We also had to remove our footwear and hat when we went inside. 

A secret tip: Visit both mosques in the day and in the night to see how amazingly beautiful and different they look!

1. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque - constructed in 1958 at a high cost of USD5 million dollars where the Sultan spared no expense to import Italian marble and pillars, granite from Shanghai and golden crystal chandeliers from England, luxurious carpets from Saudi Arabia and a golden dome made entirely from real gold. It is situated in an artificial lagoon right in the heart of the city of Bandar Seri Begawan just facing the famous water village - Kampong Ayer. The interiors were beautiful but no photos were allowed inside. The mosque which can fit 3000 people only recently allowed visitors and tourists inside for a glimpse. This mosque has been rated one of the most beautiful mosques in the world and you have to see it to understand how magnificent it looks.

2. Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque - built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sultan's reign in 1994, this is the largest mosque in Brunei. It's sheer grandeur and luxurious interiors proved how meticulous the architects were in designing such a beautiful place of worship. The Sultan of Brunei visits this mosque for prayer and there is high security in this place. This splendid mosque acts as a symbol of the devotion to Islam of the people and being surrounded by a beautiful garden and waterfalls, the place has a peaceful tranquility.

♥ Lora Christelle Lim 
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