Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Brunei

Brunei Darussalam's complete independence on January 1, 1984, marked a turning point in the country's history, with the Sultan assuming the roles of Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and Home Affairs Minister, giving him the power to make decisions that are binding in the country. With a rich cultural past, the sultanate is renowned for its breathtaking rainforests teeming with vibrant wildlife and flora, making it a nature lover's paradise. The country is also home to some of the world's most awe-inspiring mosques, which are a testament to its commitment to preserving its cultural heritage.

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Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Brunei

Islam in Brunei

At the heart of Brunei's cultural identity lies its Islamic heritage, with the majority of its people being Sunni Muslims of Malay descent. The country's official religion was established in 1959, following the adoption of its constitution. In 2014, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah introduced the first phase of the Syariah Penal Code Law, cementing the role of Islam in Brunei's legal system.

The influence of Islam in Brunei goes beyond just its legal framework. It permeates the very fabric of the country's socio-political landscape, providing a sense of legitimacy and authority to the absolute monarchy and contributing to the hierarchical structure of the society. In essence, Islam is not just a religion in Brunei - it is a way of life.

Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah
The majestic Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Brunei Darussalam

Mosque Facts & History

Given that Brunei is an Islamic country, it is not shocking to see a beautiful mosque established for the purpose of worship and performing good deeds. Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah is a mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei. It is one of two state mosques in Brunei Darussalam, with the other being Masjid Omar Ali Saifuddien. The construction of this majestic structure began in 1988 and was completed in 1994.

Brunei's Largest Mosque

Standing tall and proud, the Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is a magnificent sight to behold, and is the largest mosque in Brunei. With a capacity of 5,000 worshippers, it is a testament to the religious fervor of the people of Brunei. Boasting 29 golden domes and four 58-meter-tall or 190-foot minarets, this mosque is a sight to behold, and its expansive and beautifully architected design is a true masterpiece. A feat of engineering and construction, the mosque was built at a cost of around USD 8 million, and is a true testament to the dedication and passion of the people of Brunei.

Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah
There are 29 golden domes built at Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah
Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah
Four majestic 58-meter-tall minarets elevate the mosque's structure
Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
 The Sultan's very own personal escalator and private entrance to the mosque
Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah interior
The lavish interior of Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah
Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
The interior is a combination of middle eastern influences, modern aesthetic and local accents

Water Fountain

As a true symbol of elegance and grandeur, the Fountain of Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah stands majestically in front of the exclusive entrance reserved for Brunei's elite. Its intricate design and shimmering water make it the perfect location for photography, attracting visitors from all over the world who are drawn to its beauty and cultural significance. This fountain is a testament to the country's opulence and power, and a reminder of the importance of respecting and upholding the hierarchical structure of Brunei's society.

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Fountain of Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah
Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
The mosque is designed with gardens and beautiful fountains

Visitor's Guide & Tips

If you are in Brunei Darussalam and wish to visit this holy place, you are most welcome to do so. There’s no need to worry as there is no entrance fee that you need to pay to enter the mosque. However, there are a few rules that you must oblige before you step inside the mosque such as their visiting hours, visitors must report to security if you wish to tour inside the building, visitors are not allowed to enter the female prayer hall, visitors must take off their shoes, visitors must switch off their phone or make sure it is on silent, and lastly, visitors must wear a special robe before you go inside the mosque. As for the robe, it is provided for free!

It is allowed to take photos outside the building but once you enter the mosque, it is prohibited to take photos or videos hence why there are very limited images of the inside of this magnificent mosque you can find online.

Location & How to Get to There

The mosque is relatively easy to get to as it is located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan city at Kampong Kiarong. If you are going by public transportation, the closest stop to the Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the Kiulap Commercial station in Gadong.

Opening Hours

If you're planning to visit Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, it's important to take note of its opening hours. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, the mosque is open from 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm. On Sundays, the opening time is slightly later, from 10:30am to 12pm and 2pm to 3pm. However, do keep in mind that the mosque is closed on Thursdays and Fridays, so plan your visit accordingly.

Contact Information

Address: Simpang 127, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.
Contact number: +6732238741/2

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  1. cantek sangat masjid dia suka tengok.. ukiran kat dalam mmg benar-benar unik dan astetik

  2. Thanks for sharing this, will definitely dropby when i visit Brunei.

  3. wah...amazing sangat tengok masjid die..besar dan cantik rekaan die..

  4. cantiknyaaaa masjid ni. in and out rekaan yang teramat cantik. moga ada rezeki nak beribadah kat sini

  5. So so nice this mosque at Brunei, will definitely check it out when I'm travelling to Brunei. Cheers Siennylovesdrawing

  6. This mosque is so beautiful kan and really can accommodate so many people at a time. Next time going to Brunei can drop by bah...

  7. Masjid ni should ada dalam list have to visit ^^

  8. Thanks for sharing the interior, i passed by before during my last trip to brunei but have not visit inside

  9. Cantik2 masjid dia l blm sampai Brunei lg


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