The Grand Mosque (Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid)
Cotabato City, SOX, Philippines
Also known as the Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, the majestic structure was built in 2011 in time for Eidl Fitr. It is the largest and most expensive mosque in the Philippines, generously funded by the Sultan of Brunei from his personal money, as a gift to the emerging Muslim population in the Southern Philippines. Its minarets or towers are 40 meters high, topped with a crescent moon, which is an internationally-recognized symbol of Islam. Around 1,200 worshippers can be accommodated in the spacious building at a single congregation. The mosque does not discriminate, and it's open to all, provided that visitors follow proper attire. Men wear abayas, and women cover their head with a hijab. Outside the mosque, a stall rents out these garments for P20-P50 to guests who need a change of clothing. The best time to visit the mosque is at the break of dawn to watch the sunrise, or the late afternoon to view the sunset. During these times, the white stone walls of the mosque are bathed in a rainbow of colors as the skies change hues. Prayers boom through loudspeakers at certain hours, enveloping the entire place with the words of the faithful.
Address: Brgy. Kalangana, Cotabato City , SOX , Philippines
Hours: Open Everyday
Budget: No entrance fee