Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque: the Second Most Beautiful Mosque in Brunei

24 Feb 2013

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I mean it’s really, really beautiful IMO but it falls below Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque – click the link to be the judge. Other than that, I was totally struck by Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. I’m don’t have a religion, but I think I spent much more time there than most of the Muslim tourists I came across.

Also called Kiarong Mosque, JAHSM was built to mark the 25th anniversary of the current Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah. It’s located next to a bustling highway but still manages to be peaceful – somehow, the rumble of vehicle engines was silenced by the Mosque’s tranquility.

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque: You’ve Never Been to Brunei if You’ve Never Been Here

23 Feb 2013

Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque (5)

I swear that the picture could have looked more beautiful and realistic and still retain that painting look, had it not been for my shitty point-and-shoot. Make no mistake about it: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques I’ve ever seen. The photos on this post are a toned down version of what you’d see when you actually go there. So go there.

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Brunei, Day 1 (Pt. 2) – Chinese Temple & Tamu Kianggeh

23 Feb 2013

Continuing from Part 1, I realised that my first day in Brunei was its Hari Kebangsaan (National Day), and my desired accommodation, Pusat Belia was filled to the brim with school kids from Temburong district. There’s no way that I was going to sleep with a bunch of prepubescent pillow warriors at night so I decided to look for Capital Hostel instead. On the way, I got distracted by a Chinese secondary school, and I think it’s the only Chinese school in Bandar Seri Begawan:

Sekolah Menengah Chung Hwa Secondary School in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

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