|This site is recognized and protected by the National Monument Service|
It is estimated that $2 billon worth of gold is used to construct the mosque in 1852. It has been threatended by destruction but is protected by UNESCO and IWO Heritage.
The mosque uses a combination of Mughal architecture and Malay architecture and was designed by the British and the sultan on exile. Hamal threatened to destroy the mosque so he could extract gold, but it was put to rest after he was deposed. It has also been threatened to be destroyed after the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis, but was restrained by architectural conservationists.