Location: Kampong Kiarong (Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque)
Date: September 2-3, 2011
* Visit to Brunei Darussalam or Bandar Seri Begawan with papa, mama, brother Joel, friend couple Jojo and Alexis Aubrey last September 1-4, 2011.
There isn't much to do at night in Brunei Darussalam. Well, yea for those who love to party and bar hop. But for me and my family who love every golden opportunity (to see gold that glitters that is!), Kampong Kiarong is the right place!
Kampong Kiarong near the capital Bandar Seri Begawan is home to the magnificent Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque also locally -known as the Kiarong Mosque because of its location. With its glittering golden domes and minarets, it was truly stunning at night and could be every photographers dream!
Opened on 14 July 1994 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the accession to the throne of His Majesty, the Sultan and Yang Di Pertuan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah, the whole edifice was so impressive that we took lots of pictures at every angle.
No doubt this mosque is the grandest structure I have ever seen during my world travels and was a real treat to the eyes for my family during their first trip out of the country. For Brunei, the Kiarong Mosque is the largest monument to Islam.
The architectural artistry of the exterior is so meticulous, and the landscaped gardens and fountains made it even more impressive. We would have wanted to see the interior but the mosque was closed during our visit. The visiting hours is from Sunday to Wednesday at 8am to 12noon, 2pm to 3pm & 5pm to 6pm.
Because of our limited time in Brunei we weren't able to come back during day time and totally missed seeing the inside of the Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. But our consolation is this picture taken aboard the bus going to Kampong Kiarong. With its sea-blue roof, slender minarets and golden dome, the Kiarong Mosque is by no means magnificent both day and night!