AMAZING ARCHITECTURE

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A touch of old, a touch of new. A city isn’t one without its stunning architecture. Here, the most outstanding buildings found in RB’s destinations.

Words ALYSSA C

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Image Credit(s): Visit Singapore

 

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Brunei is home to some of Asia’s most beautiful Islamic architecture, blending traditional with modern elements for outstanding facades. The best examples are its religious structures, the most popular and illustrious one the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. The pride of Bandar Seri Begawan, this beautiful mosque with its marble minarets stands out as a national icon with its gold dome that shines in the night sky. Floral gardens surround the exterior while an artificial lagoon acts as a reflecting pool for an out-of-this-world mirror image.

OPULENT INDEED The mosque is indeed a magnificent icon with imported Italian marble pillars and floor granite from Shanghai, crystal chandeliers from England and ornate carpets from Saudi Arabia.

 

SINGAPORE
Step aside Marina Bay Sands, there’s a new architecture wonder in Singapore – Jewel Changi Airport. Part airport, part tourist attraction, this new gem is the ideal welcome to all who passes through Singapore’s Changi Airport. The 10-storey wonder is a sparkling mix of dining establishments, top-notch retail and breathtaking spaces that intertwines artistry and nature at its most amazing. The most impressive feature? Definitely the 40-metre-high Rain Vortex, the world’s largest indoor waterfall amidst 2,000-over trees in the Shiseido Forest Valley.

A GARDEN BEAUTY Don’t miss out on the spectacular 14,000 square-metre rooftop park whilst here, which houses spectacular landscaped gardens, walking trails and play attractions.

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Singapore 2x daily.

 

TAIPEI
Towering above the city of Taipei like the gigantic bamboo stalk it was designed to resemble, Taipei 101 is quite the architectural feat. At 508m, it held the title of world’s tallest building for a number of years. Tourists make it a point to get all the way to the top here; the ride up itself is quite an adventure! At 1010m per minute, it takes a mere 40 seconds to get from ground level to the 89th-floor observation deck. Besides the tower, Taipei 101 is also home to a multi-level shopping mall.

UNWIND WITH A CUPPA The Starbucks at Taipei 101 holds the title of the tallest Starbucks in the world (located on the 35th floor) and the views are amazing from its window seats. You will need reservation and a minimum spend to visit the coffeehouse.

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Taipei 4x weekly.

 

TOKYO
The largest mosque in Japan and one of the most beautiful in East Asia, Tokyo Camii is an architectural wonder that impresses till today. Inspired by Ottoman architecture, the mosque was completed in 2000 as a replacement for a former structure built by Turkish immigrants. In fact, most of the materials used were imported from Turkey. Naturally, the mosque doubles up as the Turkish Culture Centre in Tokyo. Explore the mosque for its wealth of geometric designs and Arabic calligraphy to marvel. The second floor is where you’ll find yourself surrounded by beauty with stunning blue carpeting on the floor and the most intricate blue stained glass.

CHECK IT OUT While you are here, why not visit the halal market that’s open every day from 10am to 7pm at the grounds?

Royal Brunei Airlines flies Tokyo 4x weekly.

 

LONDON
The city is home to a plethora of impeccably designed buildings and structures but a little train trip to Brighton will bring you to one of the amazing architecture you would not have expected to exist this side of the world. The Brighton Royal Pavilion is an exotic palace with a colourful history stretching back over 200 years. It was built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV in the visual style of India and China mixed with Regency grandeur, a symbol of yesteryears decadence. Today, it is a proud Brighton history that houses the most incredible history of England.

OF DRAGONS AND SNAKES The entire palace is a spectacle on its own with its eye-popping interior, and none stand out quite like the dragon-themed banqueting hall. Motifs of dragons and snakes are found all over, including the splendid ceiling of 26,000 gold scales.

Royal Brunei Airlines flies London daily. You can then take a train direct to Brighton.

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