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Wonders of Brunei

Walkway over the rainforest in Temburong, Brunei
Walkway over the rainforest in Temburong / Brendan, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0.

WorldBlue  Highlights

The most amazing wonders of Brunei are magnificent buildings from the second half of the 20th century, such as the world’s (supposedly) largest palace and one of the most impressive mosques.

Most of the country is covered with pristine rainforest and in some areas (southern Temburong) the scenery is very impressive. Nevertheless, Wondermondo thus far has not found information about impressive natural landmarks in Brunei.

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WorldViolet Top 5 wonders of Brunei

Architecture wonders

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque


One of the largest mosques, built in 1958, this Islamic site is renowned due to its impressive and elegant design.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque / Romain Pontida, Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0
Istana Nurul Iman


The official residence of the Sultan of Brunei. Possibly the world’s largest residential palace complex with 1,788 rooms, including 257 bathrooms. Built in 1984.

Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Kiarong Mosque)


The largest mosque in Brunei, constructed in 1994. One of the most beautiful buildings in this region.

Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei
Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque / e-chaya, Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Lapau (The Royal Ceremonial Hall)


Ceremonial building of a grand scale, with an interior covered in gold. Constructed in the middle of the 20th century.

Royal Regalia Museum


This museum is devoted to sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and displays diverse opulent regalia, such as crown, and chariot.

WorldYellow Recommended books

Brunei: From the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century

Now an energy-rich sultanate, for centuries an important trading port in the South China Sea, Brunei has taken a different direction than its Persian Gulf peers. Immigration is restricted, and Brunei’s hydrocarbon wealth is invested conservatively, mostly outside the country.

Brunei History and Monarchy

Although its early history is obscure, Brunei was known to be trading with and paying tribute to China in the 6th century. It then came under Hindu influence for a time through allegiance to the Majapahit Empire, based in Java. When the ships of the expedition of Ferdinand Magellan anchored off Brunei in 1521, the fifth sultan, the great Bolkiah, controlled practically the whole of Borneo, the Sulu Archipelago, and neighboring islands.

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