Brunei is the smallest country in ASEAN. Its size is equal to the size of Suphanburi Province in Thailand. Brunei is greatly rich of natural resources because it is the source of oil and natural gas drilling. This makes the economy of the country highly prosperous. Today, we will bring you to visit the architecture that shows us the belief in Islam and also the wealth of the country.
It is Golden Mosque. It is the mosque of Jame Asr’ Hassanil Bolkiah. It is not an ordinary one because it was made of more than 3 million gold. It extremely displays the priority people give to their religion and their prosperity.
It took 7 years for the construction. It was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sultan’s reign. The magnificence is the combination of the decoration all over the world such as marble from Italy, carpet from Belgium and Saudi Arabia. The blue and the white building with enormous golden domes and the pool in front of the mosque make it resemble Taj Mahal in India. Moreover, it is usable.
There are 2 prayer rooms for men and women. Each floor has 29 stairs. And there is a prayer hall on the top floor. All was decorated by gold, so it is really elegant. Bruneian people believe that it is a holy and the most beautiful place in Brunei. This mosque was designed by Omar Ali Saifuddin III who was known as a modern architect. This mosque was also called Mini Taj Mahal. And around the mosque exist a lake and many types of flowers.
For person who wants to visit important archaeological sites in ASEAN countries, this golden mosque is recommended. The mosque with enormous golden domes makes this religious place look outstanding. When you enter the mosque, you will perceive the beauty and the elegance of the building. The mosque that looks like Taj Mahal will not disappoint you. You will surely get many pictures for showing to your friends and you will be extremely happy. Let’s plan on your next holiday to visit Brunei, the country of happiness.