Brunei Darussalam regained complete independence on January 1, 1984, with the Sultan taking office as the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, and Home Affairs Minister. In other words, his word is law. The sultanate has a rich cultural past and is famous for its magnificent rainforest filled with colourful flora and wildlife. Here, you can also find several of the world's most incredible mosques.


    Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, Brunei

    Islam in Brunei

    Brunei is an Islamic country with majority of the population being Sunnis of Malay origin. In 1959, with the adoption of the constitution, Islam became the country’s official religion. As for the implementation of the Syariah Law, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah declared that the first phase of the Syariah Penal Code Law will be enforced in the country beginning May 1st in 2014.

    Islam has long played an important part in Brunei's socio-political environment. It provides legitimacy and authority to the country's absolute monarch and helps to sustain allegiance to both the governing system and the hierarchical structure of the Bruneian society.

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


    History of Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah

    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

    The Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the largest mosque in Brunei. It has the capacity to accommodate 5,000 worshipers at one time. There are 29 golden domes as well as four 58-meter-tall or 190-foot minarets. It costed around USD 8 million to build this expansive and beautifully architected mosque.

    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


    Fountain of Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah

    This beautifully designed water fountain can be found in front of the entrance that is provided exclusively for his Royal Highness, ministers, and VIPs in Brunei Darussalam. It makes an ideal spot for photography.

    Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
    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.


    How to Get to Masjid Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah

    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.


    Contact Information

    Address: Simpang 127, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.
    Contact number: +6732238741/2
    Opening hours: 8am–12pm and 2pm–3pm (Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday), 10:30am–12pm and 2pm–3pm (Sunday). Closed on Thursday and Friday. 

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