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Main attractions

Walkway over the rainforest in Temburong, Brunei
Walkway over the rainforest in Temburong / Brendan, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Most interesting landmarks in this small country are magnificent buildings from the second half of the 20th century, such as the world's (supposedly) largest palace and one of most impressive mosques.

Most of the country is covered with pristine rainforest and in some areas (southern Temburong) the scenery is very impressive. Nevertheless Wondermondo thus far has not found information about impressive natural landmarks in Brunei.

Man made landmarks

Mosques

  • Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Kiarong Mosque) - Brunei-Muara, Bandar Seri Begavan. Largest mosque in Brunei, built in 1994. One of most beautiful buildings in this region.
  • Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque (Kiarong Mosque), Brunei
    Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque / e-chaya, Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque - Brunei-Muara, Bandar Seri Begavan. One of largest mosques, built in 1958, this Islamic site is renowned due to its impressive and elegant design.

Other representative buildings

  • Istana Nurul Iman - Brunei-Muara, Bandar Seri Begavan. Official residence of the sultan of Brunei. Possibly world's largest residential palace complex with 1,788 rooms, including 257 bathrooms. Built in 1984.
  • Lapau (The Royal Ceremonial Hall) - Brunei-Muara, Bandar Seri Begavan. Ceremonial building of grand scale, with interior covered in gold. Constructed in the middle of the 20th century.
  • Royal Regalia Museum - Brunei-Muara, Bandar Seri Begavan. This museum is devoted to the sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and displays diverse opulent regalia, such as crown, chariot.
Kampong Ayer - town on stilts, Brunei
Kampong Ayer / e-chaya, Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

Other landmarks

  • Kampong Ayer - Brunei-Muara, Bandar Seri Begavan. City district with more than 4,200 buildings built on stilts over the water. Buildings are linked with 36 km long walkways. This part of city has existed for more than 1,300 years and many houses here have very ornate decorations.
  • Kota Batu ruins - Brunei-Muara, Bandar Seri Begavan. Remnants of the former capital city of Brunei in the time period between the 14th and 17th century AD. Remnants include former fortification wall and possible wooden gates into the city.

List of described attractions by districts

Brunei is divided into four districts:

Belait
Brunei-Muara
ArrowSultan Omar Ali Saifuddin MosqueIslamic shrines
Temburong
Tutong

Map of Brunei

Featured: Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque / Jim Trodel, Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.

The best known landmark and symbol of Brunei is Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. This elegant structure was constructed in 1958 and symbolises the rise of the Sultanate of Brunei and its religion - Islam.

Eluxey

Recommended books:

Brunei: From the Age of Commerce to the 21st Century

Now an energy-rich sultanate, for centuries a important trading port in the South China Sea, Brunei has taken a different direction than its Persian Gulf peers. Immigration is restricted, and Brunei’s hydrocarbon wealth is invested conservatively, mostly outside the country.

Brunei History and Monarchy

Although its early history is obscure, Brunei was known to be trading with and paying tribute to China in the 6th century. It then came under Hindu influence for a time through allegiance to the Majapahit Empire, based in Java. international significance, the evidence of which is to be found everywhere in the cities and countryside, hills and mountains.

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