About Brunei


1. INTRODUCTION

Welcome To The Abode of Peace

Brunei Darussalam is a peaceful sultanate with long history steeped in culture and is famed for its luxurious rainforest teeming with colourful flora and fauna. The country is a perfect blend of the heritage it has preserved and the modern world it has evolved into. See for yourself the vibrant colours of Kampong Ayer and the pristine rainforest of Temburong. Experience Brunei Darussalam's tranquil lifestyle and friendly people. Discover the wonders and sights of this serene country in the heart of Borneo.



Capital city:

Bandar Seri Begawan, affectionately referred to as 'Bandar' by the locals, is the capital city of the sultanate, and it hosts some of Brunei-Muara District's most prominent tourist attractions like the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque and Kampong Ayer! The city also lies along the Brunei River and you can spend an entire day walking around and explore its charms and historical marvels.


Location & population:

Brunei has a population of 459,500 (in 2019) with an incredibly colourful mix of cultures! The country has four districts and is located in Borneo island, between the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. It also has a 160km long coastline of sandy beaches, all of them a perfect spot to gaze at Brunei's golden sunsets.


Weather:

Sunny with a chance of showers would be the best way to describe the weather in Brunei. Clear, blue skies are pretty much a daily phenomenon, but do take note that the wettest months are from October to January and from May to July. As Brunei Darussalam is located close to the equator, it enjoys moderate equatorial climate throughout the year with regular temperature ranging between 23ºC and 32ºC. Humidity is considered high throughout the year (as estimate of 79 per cent).


Language:

Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the official language, but English is the language of business and is widely spoken at all levels. Mandarin, Chinese dialects and native Borneo languages are also spoken by segments of the population.


Religion:

The country's official religion is Islam.


Head of State:

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah Ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, 29th Ruler of Brunei Darussalam.


National Philosophy:

Brunei Darussalam has officially adopted the national philosophy of the Malay Islamic Monarchy (Melayu Islam Beraja, or MIB).

MIB is a system that encompasses traditions dating back to the early days of the South East Asian Malay Kingdoms and that stresses the strong Malay cultural influence on the nation's fabric, the importance of the Islamic religion in many aspects of daily life and governance (known as the Negara Zikir, or "country that praises God", concept), and the acceptance and respect for Brunei Darussalam's ancient Monarchic tradition as represented by His Majesty The Sultan.



2. PLACES TO VISIT IN BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Admire the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque

One of the most magnificent landmarks in the capital, this beautiful mosque, named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei, was built in 1958 and still remains a sight to behold.


Take a stroll around Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas

This 12-hectre park is located next to the Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Mosque, and features manicured lawns adorned with shrubs, brightly coloured flowers and exotic trees.


Visit the Royal Regalia Museum

This museum is a tribute to His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei and features a main gallery that presents a recreation of his coronation, displaying the gilded carriage that carried the newly crowned ruler through the streets. There are also galleries showcasing jewel-encrusted crowns, thrones, garments, and His Majesty's revered silver keris (dagger).


Shop at Tamu Kianggeh

Located at Kianggeh River, drop by Tamu Kiaggeh for a full-on scenery adventure. Buy a snack and nibble while you shop for handicrafts, local fruits and vegetables, and some local delicacies.


Check Out Traditional Arts and Crafts

Brunei's age-old traditional arts and crafts are showcased at the Brunei Arts & Handicraft Training Centre, displaying kain tenunan, intricately work hand-tooled silverware, brasswork, wood-craving and basketry.



3. DID YOU KNOW?

  • SERIA is an acronym for South East Reserved Industrial Area. It is where Brunei's oil reserves got first explored and excavated in 1929.
  • Some villages in Kampong Ayer are connected by wooden bridges known as pail, a unique feature of the water village used for residents and visitors to travel from one village to another.


OVERVIEW OF BRUNEI’S ECONOMY 2019

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