Don't Miss Places In Brunei
Brunei is a sovereign state located on the island Borneo. It is located in Southern East Asia. The official language of Brunei is Malay, however English is also spoken widely all over. As per the legends, Brunei was founded by AwangAlakBetatar. He landed here from Garang and exclaimed, Baru Nah! Meaning there or that is, hence the name ‘Brunei’ was derived. It was once renamed as Barunai influence by the word ‘Varun’ from Sanskrit which means ocean. The full name of this country is Negara Brunei Darussalam. It is also known as the ‘adobe of peace’. This place is a refreshing tourist destination and hence attracts a lot of visitorsevery year.
It offers a richly diverse natural and cultural heritage, premium golf, first class diving and many centuries old Majestic Royal Heritage. The places have modern and very efficient infrastructure. Oil and Natural Gas is the basis of development of this country. It is divided into 4 districts known as daerahs and 38 sub-districts known as mukims. A number of natural, cultural and leisure activities are present here for the tourists to enjoy. A clean and pollution free environment is offered by the country with the absence of traffic – jams.
Here is the list of a few places you will not dare to miss on your visit to Brunei.
Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital city of Brunei. It is the largest city of this country. It is known for its mosques. The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is the most famous mosque of the city. It is considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in the whole world. Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah is the largest mosque in this country. Local people call it as Kiarong Mosque. The Royal Ceremonial Hall also known as Lapau is used for traditional Royal Ceremonies. Its interiors and the thrown of Sultan are decorated with gold.
The tombs of Late Sultan Bolkiah and Sharif Ali in Kota Bahu add to the beauty of this place. The famous Royal Mausoleum is also worth watching over here. The Waterfront, PersiaranDamuan and Bukit Subok Recreational Park are the main parks and trails over here. The Brunei River is also here. These places are the main attraction for tourists while visiting this city. This city will be on the top of the list of the places you will love to visit on your trip to this country.
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Omar Ali Sauifuddin Masjid is the most famous golden – domed mosque, built from 1954 to 1958 and named after 28th Sultan of Brunei. This spectacular religious building is the landmark of the city. It is the best photogenic site in Bandar Seri Begawan. You will find the stained glass windows really wonderful. It is not allowed to enter here during prayer times if you are a tourist. So make sure to look at the opening times of the mosque before going inside. It is easily accessible. Whole mosque is lit with different colors of lights during the night.
You will not miss the sunset at this place at any cost. The best time to click pictures is at dusk and at the time of sunset. The mosque reflects different colors and gives a spectacular view of unique beauty created only with some colors. The dome of the mosque is made with real gold and the interiors are absolutely beautiful. In the day, the sun sparkles over the golden dome and the place looks breath taking. After visiting this place you will be so impressed that this will be the first place to come to your mind whenever someone will mention the name of this country.
Kampong Ayer is one of the best historic sites. It is one of the highlights of Bandar Seri Begawan. This water village was found at least a thousand years ago. This village, considered as the largest stilt settlement in the world, owns schools, mosques, police stations etc. of its own.
You will be impressed by the life style of the people living in this water village. It is advised to have a boat trip here but only at the time of day as lightening is not that good at the time of night. The people of the village are really very nice and welcoming. You will also notice that the people of this water village are not good at speaking English language but still they will be ready to offer any kind of help if needed by you.
The trip to this village will be a different and unique kind of cultural experience. You will be amazed to see schools, shops and houses built above the water. The water taxis will also be there. This place also has a cultural center which is definitely worth - visiting. This water village is also known as the ‘Venice of East’.
Istana Nurul Iman
Istana Nural Imam is the Official Residence of the Sultan. It has around 1000+ rooms and hence it is one of the largest habitations in the world. It was designed by Filipino architect Leandro Locsin. This place is really attractive and the lights illuminating it in the night makes it utterly blissful. This place is like viewing all kind of treasures at one place. There are private rooms, guest wings, banquet halls, swimming pools and many other things. The whole place is set in some beautiful gardens. The trip to this place and greeting the Sultan and his Queen will become the most special moment of your life.
You will be amazed by the very huge site of this palace as the property belongs to the Sultan. The Royal entrance is a great place to click pictures. It is surrounded very beautifully by a large number of trees. The staff contains about 1000 people. You will find security guards everywhere. However, this place is open to public only during the three-day Hari Raya AidilFitri Festivals in the end of Ramadan. It is advisable to take a water taxi to enjoy a better view of this place.
Royal Regalia Museum
Royal Regalia Museum is the place used by Sultan of Brunei to keep his gifts received from other people. This place is opened for public display to look at the living standard and wealth of the Sultan of this country. You will be told to remove your shoes before entering and it is forbidden to click pictures inside the museum. It is advisable to take a guide with you because a guide will give you all the required information about every single gift placed in this museum. All the interior of this place reflects Royalty. No entry fees will be required to visit this place.
Several gold and silver items are placed in the museum. The museum is modern, fully air - conditioned and well maintained by its staff. It also has information written near every gift. The museum definitely contains a lot of Royal Items on display which attracts tourists. You will not be able to stop yourself from admiring the wealth of the Sultan. If you are interested in history then this place will be the new entry in your list of important places.
Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is located in Gadong near Bandar Seri Begawan. This utterly beautiful building is the largest mosque in Brunei. It is famous for its awesome interior. It is one of the best architectural pieces. The timings are restricted. You will be required to wear black robe and carry a head scarf which will make your experience very interesting.
Most of the tourists are awed by the great appearance of this mosque.You will admire the work done by the architects while building this place. The place contains gold domes, crystal and marble lattices and fountains also. It offers a spectacular view at the time of night with blue lights on. The place will provide a unique kind of calm.
It is of great religious value for the people. It is forbidden to click pictures inside the mosque. The unique thing about this place is the presence of special escalator which is reserved only for Sultan and his family. It is advised to take a rented car on your way back as it is hard to find a bus here.
Brunei National Museum
Brunei National Museum was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth 2 of United Kingdom in 1972. This museum has a varied and large collection of things placed for public display. You will be able to see and admire the royalty of this country. Wildlife, Oil and Islam are the three themes offered by this museum. This interesting visit will not take much time but will provide you a lot of information. People having huge interest in history absolutely love this place because of its collection of unique items. Ancient Islamic art is worth admiring. You will be impressed by the life style of old people who used to live here. It will give you all the required information about many hidden and untouched facts about this country.
The staff does not charge any entrance fee to this museum. This museum has very tight security as there will be security guards everywhere. The museum is clean and well maintained by the staff. It is prohibited to click pictures inside the museum for security reasons. You will find many English speaking guides also. It is better to hire a guide in order to collect information about the items in the galleries. Guides will make your visit even more interesting by telling you different stories about the ancient people of the country. This museum is defiantly one of the places you will not like to miss on your trip to Brunei.
Tasek Lama Recreational Park
This park offers a stress reviler place. This place is best to enjoy the beauty of nature all around you. You can jog, walk, sit, play or climb the hills as per your mood because this park offers a number of activities at a single place. This park contains an awesome waterfall also. The staff of the park even provides some exercise equipment also. It is advisable to be careful while jogging in rainy reason as the path becomes extremely slippery after rain. The stone massage garden is excellent. All the local people come to this park to enjoy and spend some hours with friends on weekends.
This park will provide a refreshing start to your day. If you are a health conscious person then you will really love to work out here. You will also see some animals like monkeys in this park. If you are planning a visit to this country with your kids then don’t forget to add this park in your list because your kids will love playing in this park. It is clean and best maintained park in this country.
Tamu Kianggeh is a market in Brunei and is also known by the name ‘Kg Kianggeh Open Air Market’ located in Bandar Seri Begawan. This market is visited frequently by the local people and the people from the nearby water village. This market is very large in size and contains more than 100 stalls of various kinds. A huge variety of food including local vegetables, medicinal plants and herbs and species are being sold here. Fresh catch of the day from local waters including fish, crabs, squid, prawns and shellfish etc. are also sold in this market.
You will be impressed to see the ready – cooked food here. If you don’t know how to cook food then you can enjoy delicious food over here. You will even admire the beautiful covers used to decorate the food. It is a popular spot and a number of tourists and photographers visit this market on a daily basis. It is easy to access as it is close to the bus terminal in Bandar Seri Begawan. You will also find some stalls selling the handicrafts. This market is best to explore the local food of Brunei.