What’s that shine? (Weekly Photo Challenges)

My family and I visited Brunei Darul Salam in December 2010.  Brunei is a tiny nation on the island of Borneo, surrounded by Malaysia and the South China Sea. It’s known for its beaches and biodiverse rainforest. The capital, Bandar Seri Begawan, is home to the opulent Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque and its 29 golden domes. The capital’s massive Istana Nurul Iman palace is the residence of Brunei’s ruling sultan.  We didn’t get to take pictures of the mosque and its 29 golden domes or the massive palace but we managed to take pictures of this beautiful mosque.

This is Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darulsalam.

The mosque is considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and cost between $7.7 and $9.2 million dollars.  It is built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer (village in the water).  What makes it so shiny is that it has marble minarets and the main dome is covered in pure gold.

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