Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah is the biggest mosque in Brunei, and also one of the most iconic. It’s even featured on the $10 Bruneian Dollar notes!
I visited this one in 2018 and was pretty wowed by the massive scale. With 29 golden domes and four 200 foot tall minarets, the size of this building is really impressive and the design is ornate.
It’s very much worth a look if you happen to be passing through Brunei.
What To Expect
You can take a taxi to the mosque, or Brunei also has a local taxi app called Dart. It’s cheaper and better than the taxis — kind of like a Bruneian version of Uber.
Another easy way to visit the mosque is to stop there on your way to/from the airport.
When I arrived in Brunei, I hired an airport taxi to my hotel and asked the driver to stop at the mosque first; he was happy to wait around for a couple extra Brunei Dollars, while I walked around the mosque and took photos.
Brunei is a very safe country with a low crime rate, so I was able to leave my suitcase of clothes and stuff in the trunk with no worries at all. Half an hour was enough time to spend here, although if you looked around inside you could definitely stay longer.
If you come here after dark, the entire mosque is lit up on the outside and looks bright gold.
Going Inside The Mosque
You’ll have to wear a special robe and take off your shoes to go inside the mosque. There’s no entry fee, and the robes are provided free.
The inside of the mosque is just as ornate and fancy as the outside, but sadly you aren’t allowed to take pictures.
How To Get To Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
The Hassanil Bolkiah mosque is located in the city center of Bandar Seri Begawan, just 10 minutes drive from the Brunei International Airport (BWN).
You may also be able to find accommodation within walking distance of the mosque, which is what I did when I visited Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque.
Where I Stayed
I stayed at Qing Yun Resthouse Bandar near the BSB riverfront, in a private air-conditioned room for $33 USD per night. Brunei is not the cheapest country to travel, so this was a pretty good deal.
The location was perfect. The hotel was just a 5 minute walk from the famous Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Royal Regalia Museum. It was also right on top of a shopping complex with lots of restaurants.
Prices may fluctuate from time to time, so just keep an eye out for a good deal.