The Great Mosques of Brunei
The Great Mosques of Brunei
As the main religion of Brunei, Islam has a great role in influencing the design of many buildings and landmarks in the country and Brunei is home to some spectacular mosques that are both simple in its beauty and grand in design.
A mosque is a holy place for Muslims – it is a place for the Muslim community to come together for prayers. The mosques are open to anyone who wishes to visit but there are some rules are that visitors have to strictly observe.
Quite simply the most famous landmark in Brunei and the most stunning, this magnificent mosque sits at the heart of the capital. Built within its own lagoon and surrounded by lush greenery and floral gardens, the mosque seems to be floating. The mosque features luminous stained glass windows, Italian marble floors, Shanghai granite walls and chandeliers from Britain. It is simply a stunning vision in white marble crowned with a glittering dome made of real gold. A marble bridge takes you across the lagoon to a replica of a 16th century Sultan Bolkiah Mahligai Royal Barge.
The Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien was built in 1958 and is named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei. Visitors can get there on foot from the bus terminal in the city centre or by taxi.
This mosque is considered one of the grandest monuments to Islam in the region and it is the largest in the country. Situated in Kampong Kiarong, this mosque is adorned with 29 domes to signify His Majesty the Sultan as the 29th ruler of Brunei. The magnificent structure is surrounded by fountains and landscaped gardens. Visitors can enter the mosque itself and view the fine artistry of its interior or simply take a walk about the gardens and admire the structure from the outside.
The Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque was built in 1992 to commemorate the 25th year of His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei’s reign. Visitors can get there by taking bus 01c, 20 or 22, or by taxi.
The structure of the Ash-Shaliheen Mosque was designed by Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil, a renowned Egyptian architect. The mosque is an interesting blend of traditional and contemporary designs with a modest exterior of textured walls and turquoise-coloured domes. The stunning and intricately designed interior features authentic Moroccan-made brass chandeliers, an artwork of hand-chiseled mosaic tiles decorated with a border of verses from the holy Quran, and exquisite Italian marble in an open courtyard fountain decorated with beautiful mosaic designs.
One of the newest landmarks in Brunei, the mosque opened its doors to worshippers and the public on July 12th, 2012. Visitors can get there by taking bus 34, 23 or 24, or by taxi.
Other Mosques of Interest
Located at Serusop, this humble-looking mosque first opened its doors to the public on November 23rd, 1979. This mosque can accommodate 3,000 worshippers.
Visitors can get there by bus 36 and 38.
This stately mosque was built to cater to the residents of Kampong Burong Pingai. It was first built in 1965 but was renovated in later years to accommodate the growing number of worshippers in that area. Today, this mosque can house over 1,500 worshippers.
Visitors can get there by taxi.
Located in Kampong Jangsak, this handsome mosque that sits on top of a hill was built on September 2nd 1996. The mosque’s construction was financed by the Islamic Religious Counsel of Brunei along with donations from various Muslim government officers and staff. The mosque can accommodate 1,200 worshippers.
Visitors can get there by bus 55 or by taxi.
Located in Kampong Tungku, this mosque began construction in 2010 and was completed two years later. It opened its doors to the public on July 27th 2012. The mosque can accommodate 1,000 worshippers.
Visitors can get there by bus 21, 22 or 57/58.
Completed in 2012, the concept of this mosque is both traditional and contemporary, combining Islamic and Malay architecture with the use of geometric shapes. It is a beautiful mosque located in Sengkurong with water fountains on both sides of the main entrance symbolizing purity and serenity. The mosque can accommodate 1,600 worshippers.
Visitors can get there by bus 42 or 45.
The opening of this mosque was officiated on His Majesty the Sultan’s 67th birthday in July 2013. The mosque can accommodate 1,000 worshippers and has a VIP Room, library, IT room and lecture hall.
Visitors can get there by bus 37 or by taxi.