Brunei is a sovereign country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. The people’s ethnicity are predominantly Malaysia, however in term of religion and culture, Brunei is much more conservative, hence Islam still remains a strong influence to its culture.
By the name, Brunei may not be the most popular tourist destination compared to other countries in ASEAN. That’s why today we bring you to tour the capital and the largest city of Brunei: Bandar Seri Begawan, and 4 places to visit in order to get closer to their cultural charms.
Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
Built in 1992 for the purpose of celebrating the 25th year of the current sultan’s reign, Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque has its reason to be the biggest Mosque in Brunei. It is located only 3km from the city center, making transportation very easy for first time visitors.
The charm of this mosque is during night time where the buildings are lit up. Being built out of mostly gold colour and with 29 golden domes, the light reflects off the building, creating the impression of gold flames surrounding the mosque. If that is not enough, we would like to let you know that sultan’s own personal escalator is located just right at his private entrance to the mosque.
Royal Regalia Museum
The Royal Regalia Museum offers you a very exclusive overview of a life of the sultan and his successes, including jewellery, portraits, silverware and replica of his throne. This museum is free of charge, but unfortunately cameras are strictly prohibited.
This museum attracts thousands of people every year due to the impressive displays and exhibition which can almost exactly portrays the sultan’s life. That’s why Royal visiting Regalia Building is a must, and we guarantee that you will be able to comprehend the absolute monarchy that rules in the tiny sultanate.
Tasek Lama Recreational Park
The city of Bandar Seri Begawan does not only stand out in cultural tourism, but also beautiful landscape. Being almost like an urban oasis, Tasek Lama Recreational Park contains a natural waterfall and a lake, as well as adventurous hiking trails.
If you are an adventure who needs a day to release your inner hiking side, visiting this place is a must. And if you are a peaceful traveller who love to relax and unwind, visiting this place is also a must, too.
Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market
This lovely lively market is located on the bank of Kianggeh River, and has been around since the 1960s. The main characteristic of this market is the market site which has hundreds of stalls set up everyday, selling food, fresh fruits and fresh catch from the water. Almost like a walking street, travellers can spend their whole morning touring and eating.
Apart of being a place for food lovers, Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market also offers stunning water scene for photographers. To guarantee the quality, Tamu Kianggeh was chosen as one of the scene in the programme “Antony Worrall Thompson: Adventures in Brunei Darussalam”, screened on Discovery TLC in March 2011.
Brunei is a country which stands out from most countries in ASEAN because of its different culture, people and religion. In addition to that, travelling to Brunei from Thailand by flight takes 2 hours and 45 minute. The country is rated by Forbes to be the 5th richest country out of 182, along with many beautiful cultural tourist destinations, Brunei’s beauty is seeking to be found.