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Brunei officially the Nation of Brunei is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, the country is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia. It is separated into two parts by the Sarawak district of Limbang. Brunei is the only sovereign state completely on the island of Borneo; the remainder of the island's territory is divided between the nations of Malaysia and Indonesia.
It is just a small country but it is rich because of its oil reserves. It is a peaceful Muslim country. There are many tourist attractions in Brunei. Here we share some of them with you.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque– This mosque is located at Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital city of Brunei, and is considered as the major landmark of the country. This is a magnificent mosque especially at night when it ‘glows in the dark’. It has 28 domes as symbol of the 28th Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III.
Royal Regalia Building– (As of February 17, 2016, some areas are closed, under renovation.) You can see the full regalia of Sultan, including the crown and royal chariot, together with the massive collection of treasure. You can bring your camera and take photos in the entrance area only.
James ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque – This is the largest mosque in Brunei and it hase 29 golden domes. It is also locally known as the Kiarong Mosque, built to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of His majesty the Sultan’s reign.
Brunei Museum – (As of February 17, 2016, this museum is close until further notice.) Exhibitions comprise antique cannons and daggers, Borneo ethnographic displays and treasures unearthed from shipwrecks off Brunei’s coasts. Just next to the Brunei Museum is the Malay Technology Museum, which features how things like boat-making, fishing, metalworking, and goldsmithing were done in ancient times.
Kampong Ayer (Water Village) – A prehistoric village built on stilts above the Brunei River immersed in cultural and historical heritage. It is known to be the largest water village in the world and some people refer it as the ‘Venice of the East’. Means of transportation consist of water taxis and plank walkways.
Ulu Temburong National Park – It is the first national park in Brunei that is protected since 1991. There many adventures you can do in the area including the most exciting activity on the Canopy Walkway where you can see the green forest from over 60 meters above the ridge of the mountain. This walkway, built with steel towers supporting the cable way.
Istana Nurul Iman – It is official the residence of the sultan of Brunei. The palace is situated on a luxuriant, riverside trail of hills on the banks of the Brunei River south of Bandar Seri Begawan, a few miles outside the city center. Istana Nurul Iman, which means Palace of the Light of Faith, is said to be the world’s largest residential palace of any type. The palace is only open to public during Hari Raya season in Brunei.