Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City

Albeit the common beliefs of people and their impression of Cotabato City (not to mention the recent bombing which happened in the downtown area of Cotabato City causing numerous death and a hefty number of casualties, some days ago.) I have been dreaming to visit this part of Mindanao, it has been on my bucket list for a long time and I'm lucky enough, I finally was able to visit it last July 20, 2013 making it my 21st visited province in Mindanao out of the 25 provinces. Davao Oriental, Camiguin, Tawi-tawi & Basilan shall come up next and I definitely need a thorough planning for that.

I am finally in the city often misunderstood by people. Arriving in Cotabato City from Maguindanao was a breeze despite us being "kinda" lost and still needed to look for a decent hotel where we can rest that night. With consecutive sleepless nights, I was all so groggy but was still very game to visit a few landmarks and spots. We went to the ORG compound ( which houses  most of the government offices) to visit DOT-ARMM Asst. Secretary Bai Shalimar Candao who gladly showed her warmest hospitality to us. It was a quick chit chat and then we went to visit the Grand Mosque also known as Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid.

The Grand Mosque in Cotabato City is named after Sultan Hadji Esmail Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam  who donated a hefty amount of money to make the realization of this Masjid possible. It is located in Baranggay Kalanganan, Cotabato City. Some 20-30 minutes away from the downtown area of Cotabato City.
We hired a jeepney who brought us back and forth for only 400php. Good deal, I say.

The Masjid is pretty distinctive from afar. The Golden domes soars high.
The Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid is the biggest masjid/mosque in the Philippines.
The construction was finished two years ago, sometime in 2011 and costs $45 Million and was partly funded by the Philippine Government as well.

It is the most visited Masjid of our muslim brothers and sisters here in our country, The Philippines.
The initiation of this project is in line with the pursuits of Peace and Development in Mindanao.

I appreciate Muslim culture, Muslim arts (okay, also food!) and I've visited countless Masjids/Mosques all over the Philippines (Mostly the ones in Mindanao) , I can (without a doubt) say that the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid is the prettiest among the Masjid I have visited. It is very GRAND! and undeniably so picturesque making it the top tourist destination in Cotabato City.

Every angle of this Masjid is so pretty. Very impressive Islam Architectures which I am sure comes from one common history. This can actually pass as a personal computers default wallpaper.  Its a proud Islam Architecture masterpiece. 

Yo can come and pray on any day but be vigilant and pretty please respect our Muslim brothers & sisters who came to worship. Needless to say, this is a house of worship, one shall not go yelling and jumping in the hall.

A tour to any Masjid brings solitude and security for me. I love visiting one and I love to see how sincere the Islams pray. 

Should you wish to visit the Grand Mosque in Cotabato City, the following are my personal tips and suggestions.

  • If you are alone, it is best to hire or charter a habal-habal or Multicab/ jeepney according to your preference. A Habal- habal may cost 150Php (roundtrip), multi-cab/ jeepney Ideally costs 300Php but in our case, the driver was kind enough to drive us to the ORG complex as it was heavily raining.
  • If you want to commute, you may do so, ride a jeepney bound to Kalanganan junction ( 8Php- minimum fare) and ride a habal-habal to the Masjid (30Php one way)
  • Bring water
  • Wear decent /formal clothes
  • Its best to visit during sunrise and sunsets.
  • and it is highly recommended to be very vigilant.

It was a nice and quick visit to the GRANDEST MASJID IN THE PHILIPPINES, The Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid in Cotabato City. I am hoping that one day I can visit it again during sunrise and I'm seriously adding it to my bucket list now.

credits to for the last two photo.

Thanks to Ate Cris Batuampar, ARMM Tourism officer and Ate Dulce for accompanying us that day.

Wander Shugah


  1. Ganda ng shots mo Shugah, In Fairview! Salam Aidil Fitri, Eid Mubarak to our brothers and Muslims in Cotabato!

  2. Salamat nmn sky and summer! :D Dapat atleast decent shot kahit nka P&S Camera lng :)

  3. It's beautiful, the architecture and design looks so elegant! Cotabato should highlight more of their structures, looks world-class!

    1. indeeeed! Thank you for visiting Geof! I love your nativ shoes!

  4. so nice! it's beautiful! and the way you captured it is so breath taking!

  5. The place looks so beautiful! Your pictures are so nice, parang kuha sa wide-angle lens :)

  6. Beautiful! It's a delight to see places and pictures like these. :)

    I am Jenniya

  7. I am loving the places you've been visiting. Love the photos. <3 I wish to go here too someday. As for the bombing, I didn't know about that :( i hope everyone there is okay.

  8. Wow! Just wow! Ang ganda ng Mosque nila sis! Parang hindi dito sa Pinas yan hehe Well, same goes with Zamboanga too. Mostly stereotyped and misunderstood by a lot of people too. I envy you, traveler ka talga sis! :D

  9. the mosque is so photogenic!! would love to go there and take a lot of photos! hope the bombings in Mindanao will stop though :(

  10. Wow sis you've been into great places, I wish I could go to. Ang ganda lang ng place na ito very very classic. :) Love the jump shots!

  11. Ang ganda! It's like Philippines' Taj Mahal version :D

  12. Mas maganda p to kesa sa malacanang ! Stunning

  13. Oh geez! Very impressive and beautiful
    I like how informative your posts are. Two thumbs up!!!

    Hope I can visit this place too


  14. Omgeee. Kadagkana naman nmo na adtuan na province! Suya much :(
    Good for you! Hopefully makavisit ko ani nga place. Really want to step on Mindanao :)

  15. Wow you're travelling around Mindanao? I hope I can do that too one of these days. I still have lots of saving up to do though. That place is so breathtaking, I want to go there too :D

  16. wow, nice set of photos! Sana makarating din ako dito. :)


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