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Photo of the Week: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

By on Jun 26, 2011 in Brunei | 0 comments

Lets face it, Brunei is not exactly at the top of most peoples travel itineraries. In fact, this devout Islamic country, rich in oil and wealth, is often hurriedly passed through for the bountiful adventures that await in the Sabah or Sarawak wilderness – which if I was honest with you, was exactly my intent when I boarded a mini bus in Miri (jumping off point for the Kelabit highlands) bound for Bandar Seri Begawan. Only spending 24 hours in this forgotten destination, I was instantly mesmerized by Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, the grand royal Islamic mosque that dominates this small city’s skyline. From every angle and from every light of day, the mosque was spectacular to look upon. Visiting the mosque is a very spiritual affair and Islamic faith is strictly adhered to, so both men and women need be prepared to adopt the hijab which refers to a modest dress standard. Whilst Brunei wasn’t able to lure me for longer than my intended time, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque makes it well worth a stop over.    ...