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Lilpink Travels: The Majestic Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque



It has been a while since my last visit to Brunei. Actually, it was summer 2011 when we went to this beautiful country to visit our relatives there. Yes, I have pure Bruneian relatives. 

People would get confused as to how we became relatives when I am pure Tausug and they are pure Bruneian. Apparently, our forefathers were from Martapura, Indonesia. Then, the brother of my great great great grandfather got abducted by the Banguinguis and sold as slave to the Sultan of Sulu (which he managed to get his freedom and became one of the leaders of one area in Sulu). Then, his brother and all other males in the family had to search for him around Southeast Asia. 

And that is how we have pure Bruneian, Singaporean, Indonesian and Malaysian relatives. Who knows? Maybe there are some in Thailand, China, anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, we only have close ties with those in Brunei. In fact, we already have made a Sarsilah of our family. 

We have been visiting them in Brunei ever since. They've always wanted to come and see the Philippines, especially Southwestern part. But we cannot make a very uncomfortable decision yet. 

Anyways, moving to our Brunei trip in 2011.

Of course, when one goes to Brunei, you should not miss the opportunity to see the magnificent Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. This majestic and enormous mosque lies at the Brunei River in Kampong Ayer.

The mosque has been a tourist attraction in the country because of its beauty. Apparently, it is one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and the world. It symbolizes the national religion of Brunei which is Islam.


The mosque's most recognizable feature, the main dome, is covered in pure gold. The mosque stands 52 m (171 ft) high and can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan.





Brunei is such a beautiful country. You still feel the rural kind of lifestyle with all the greenery around, but it is also very modern. 

It seems like I need to go on my third visit anytime soon. Allahumma ameen!

Salam.

20 comments:

  1. I also amaze with Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque! Visited Brunei last 2014 ♥

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  2. It's a beautiful country indeed, especially the Masjids over there are spectacular. I wish I could have prolong my visit there last year. It was trully an experience. 😊😊😊😊😊

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  3. I've never been to Brunei. It's really very lovely! I'd love to go here someday and do a tour!

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  4. I've heard so many beautiful things about Brunei and want to visit it so badly. Your photos makes me want to visit even more and it's definitely on my bucket list.

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  5. Wow! The mosque is golden, glowing and gorgeous!!! Btw, your family history is interesting!!!

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  6. Brunei and Philippines had a great relationship if we will discuss our history. The Sultanate of Brunei and the Kingdom of Maynila and Sultanate of Sulu as well as other sultanates in the Philippines have extensive trading and political relations.

    Let's go back with your post, I greatly admire the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan. The structure and the interiors are all great, that is why it is one of the famous mosque in Brunei.

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  7. Beautiful pictures here. I love how you capture the mosque.You have an interesting story there. Always cool to trace back your roots. I always have fun doing that. :-) Thank you for sharing. Keep it up!

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  8. Didn't know Brunei is as beautiful as this, although I've heard so many great things from friends. And that mosque is stunning.

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  9. Such lovely photos! I have never been on the other side of the world before, but it truly beckons. I would love to check out and be immersed in the culture.

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  10. The mosque is beautiful and you took great photos of it! My friends went to Brunei a few years back and I regret not joining them. I'd love to visit this someday.

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  11. The mosque is really beautiful. I love how it radiates in the night sky. It's definitely something worth visiting.

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  12. I wonder if non-Muslim tourist can get inside the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque like in Dubai?

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  13. A pure gold covered dome?? Now that's a must see. It definitely looks amazing in your photos, especially at night.

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  14. Wow the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is really spectacular and grand. I wish I can visit there too.

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  15. These are such beautiful photos! The mosque is truly so majestic :D

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  16. This is gorgeous, simply stunning. I love how you included some history on your family, it was fascinating. I think it's important to know our history, and share it with others. There are some cultures in the world that I am not as knowledgable about as I would like, so I am always happy to learn more!
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  17. Thank you for sharing your interesting family history. Brunei is so close so we hope we can visit and see that golden mosque for real one day.

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  18. so beautiful! ive never thought of visiting brunei but now i want to!

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