Tourism in Brunei
Tourist places in Brunei
General information about Brunei
Brunei, officially known as Brunei Darussalam, the nation of Brunei, or the land of peace, is a country located on the northern coast of Borneo Island in Southeast Asia.
Brunei is divided into two regions separated by the town of Lembang in the Malaysian state of Sarawak, which completely surrounds Brunei with the exception of Brunei’s northern coast overlooking the South China Sea. Brunei is the only independent country on Borneo, with Malaysia and Indonesia sharing the rest of the island.
Culture and history
Brunei’s origins can be traced back to the seventh century AD when it was a state of the Kingdom of Srivijaya under the name ‘Pune’.
Ferdinand Magellan visited this maritime country in 1521 and fought Spain in the War of Castile in 1578. The empire began to retreat after being forced to cede Sarawak to James Brooke and cede Sabah to the British North Borneo Registered Company.
After losing Lembang, Brunei became a British protectorate in 1888, then a British ruler established it in 1906. After the end of the Japanese occupation of the country, Brunei declared a new constitution and fought an armed revolution, and then regained its independence from the United Kingdom on January 1, 1984.
Economic growth during the seventies and nineties, which reached a rate of 56% between 1999 and 2008, transformed the country into a modern industrial state.
Sultan Omar Ali Safi al-Din Mosque
This mosque is located in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei, and is one of the country’s major landmarks. It is the wonderful mosque, with its attractive view in the evening. It has 28 domes as a symbol of the 28th Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Omar Ali Safiuddin III.
The lavish royal building
Tourists can see the full outfit of the Sultan in Brunei, including the crown and the royal carriage, along with an enormous collection of treasures.
Kampung Ayer (Water Village)
The Water Village is a prehistoric village, which was built on stilts above the Brunei River, which is immersed in cultural and historical heritage. It is known to be one of the largest water villages in the world. Some call it the “Venice of the East”. In this village you find different means of transportation from water taxis and wooden paths.
The Brunei Museum is a museum that includes exhibits of ancient cannons and daggers, Borneo displays ethnographic and treasures discovered from shipwrecks off the coast of Brunei. Adjacent to the Brunei Museum is the Malaysian Technology Museum, which displays boat making, fishing, metallurgy, and goldsmithing methods in ancient times.
Astana is the light of faith
Istana Noor al-Iman is the residence palace of the Sultan of Brunei. The mansion is located on a luxuriant, in the river trail of the hills and on the banks of the Brunei River south of Bandar Seri Begawan, a few miles outside the city center. Istana Noor al-Iman, meaning Light of Faith Palace, is said to be the largest residential palace in the world. The palace is only open to the public during the Hari Raya season in Brunei.
The Empire Brunei Hotel and Country Club
The Empire Brunei Hotel and Country Club It is one of the most beatiful places you must visit in Brunei. The Empire Brunei Hotel and Country Club was built in six years and opened on October 16, 2000. The hotel has a suite with a private lift, a swimming pool, a steam room, a sauna, a theater and a cinema, and a piano. Visitors can enjoy taking pictures in the lobby and there are other areas open to the public.
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