Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and is a major landmark in the Sultanate of Brunei.
We went around Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei's capital, on their 'flying coffins': wooden speed boats.
We were there during the month of the Sultan's birthday so the main streets of Brunei are festooned with multicoloured lights. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the current ruler of the sultanate used to be the wealthiest man in the world.
These water shanties can be found in many parts of Southeast Asia. 'Kampong Ayer' literally means 'Water Village'.
The Sultan's palace.
This very small capital can be explored on foot in an afternoon. You may also go around in these water taxis for a fee.
The museum houses replicas of the Sultan's Silver Jubilee, gifts from heads of state, and many others which give an extensive look at the life and work of the absolute monarch. Entrance is free.
The monarchy is deeply ingrained in every facet of life in the sultanate. Even when watching a Transformers movie in the capital's cinema.
A quick overnight trip to this very quiet but charming capital city of Brunei Darussalam last 25 July 2009.