Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque In Brunei

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 one is really impressive and the design is ornate. It’s very much worth a look if you happen to be passing through Brunei.

Tropical scenery + Islamic type architecture. This is what mosques look like in SE Asia.

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.

Viewing the mosque from the main parking entryway.

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.

The mosque has 29 golden domes since it’s dedicated to the 29th Sultan of Brunei.
One of the artistic walls on the outside of the mosque.
A fountain near the mosque entrance.
The green courtyard near the mosque.

 

Going Inside The Mosque
  • Monday-Wednesday and Saturday at 8:00-12:00 AM or 2:00-3:00 PM
  • Sunday at 10:30-12:00 AM or 2:00-3:00 PM
  • 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.

    Rules and times of entry are posted outside.
    The stairways leading into the mosque.
    The showy chandelier near the door to the mosque.

     

    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.

    The mosque as seen from the parking lot. Isn’t that a cool winding staircase?