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Brunei

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 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
Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque / e-chaya, Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
  • 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.
  • 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

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