The 29th Sultan of Brunei is heir to an unbroken 600-year-old Muslim dynasty. Sultan Hassanlal is known for his lavish lifestyle and love rather madness for gold. Well, the Sultan of Brunei is so crazy about gold that he literally has his entire residence covered in the blingy yellow metal. Known as the Istana Nural Iman (or Istana for short) the palace is situated alongside the Brunei river set amongst acres of private parklands. It is the largest residential palace in the world and the site of the country’s Prime Ministerial offices. And though it’s very dificult to get into this luxurious palace we have got you one of the very few images that offer a glimpse inside the palace.
Bath-tub in gold
The palace is a massive complex of low lying buildings, with a golden dome visible from the river. The palace reportedly cost $350 million to build and has over 1700 rooms, all luxuriously appointed. The palace and its upkeep are funded by the oil wealth generated by Brunei, as are all of the grand structures in the country. Apparently the palace is also fitted with over 200 bathrooms. It reportedly has an excellent kitchen with delicacies shipped in from overseas on Royal Brunei flights.
Sultan’s cell phone covered in obviously GOLD
The golden bedroom
Getting in to the palatial palace of the Sultan of Brunei isn’t easy, as the place is closed to the public all year around except for two days during the Hari Raya festival, which follows the Muslim fasting month of Ramadam. At night the palace is lit up and its orange and gold glow can be seen across the city in certain vantage points. You can try taking a water taxi past the palace at night for a good view.
Gold inside the car
Residence lobby covered in gold
Ok this one takes the cake: Toilet in gold