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Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital of Brunei. The city is conveniently built on the left side of the Brunei River. The city is situated in a small valley surrounded by green hills. These stone giants covered with dense forests are like guardians of the beautiful city. The old part of the city is built “on the water”. Currently, approximately 40 thousand people live there. As the city is located on a riverbank, fishing is a traditional occupation of local people.
First settlements on the site of modern Bandar Seri Begawan appeared yet in the 7th century. However, people had to change their location several times. First, they lived in Kota Bhatu, and then Kampong Ayer became their home. In the 20s of the previous century, Bandar Seri Begawan is its current borders became their home. Initially, the city had another name – Brunei Town. It was decided to change its name to Bandar Seri Begawan in the 70s of the previous century. The new name honors Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien III.
Local people greet each other by slightly touching a hand and then pressing it to heart. Men and women do not touch each other for greeting – such actions are considered vulgar. It is also prohibited to point at something with fingers. Women mostly wear modest clothing, especially when they visit mosque – their dresses must cover knees and elbows. It is recommended not to wear anything yellow because only sultan is allowed to wear clothing of this shade. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
What attractions can tourists find in Bandar Seri Begawan? The majority of tourists visit Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, which is, perhaps, the most famous religious landmark in the city. Tourists interested in old mosques should visit Seria, a settlement approximately 100 kilometers away from the capital. Take a stroll to the central part of the city, to the stadium. Not far from this venue, there is an important religious landmark for all Muslims - Pekan Seria. When translated from Malay, the mosque’s name means “the mosque of the city of Seria”.
This building is unique because Pekan Seria was the first mosque in the country. It has an elegant design in classic traditions of Muslim architecture. Even foreign tourists mention that the mosque is a perfect addition to the beauty of local nature.
Some tourists may find it interesting to visit the Pandaruan Bridge, which is a symbol of friendship and loyalty. The bridge across the Pandaruan River connects two countries, Brunei and Malaysia. When there was no bridge, it was possible to reach the neighbor country only by ferry. The main purpose of the bridge is to underline partnership and friendship between the two countries, and so the Pandaruan Bridge is often referred to as Brunei–Malaysia Friendship Bridge.
The bridge has a length of 189 meters and 14 meters in width. The building works started more than six years ago and lasted almost two years. The official opening ceremony took place in autumn 2013. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and the Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak were present at the event. Nowadays, many local people believe that if you walk on the bridge holding hands with someone, your friendship will last a lifetime and feelings will strengthen.
The Royal Regalia Building or Royal Regalia Museum is one of the most famous attractions of Brunei’s capital. This is a relatively new building, the age of which is only 25 years, but it has already become an important part of all excursions in Bandar Seri Begawan. Initially, this was a so-called gift for the sultan’s anniversary. The museum is located in the central part of the city, and this fact once again proved the importance of the cultural life in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The museum exhibits a large collection of royal regalia – a chariot, crown, and ceremonial weapons. There are also important historical documents that shed light upon the foundation of the sultanate in the country. The main hall displays precious emeralds, ivory, nephrites, silver and gold jewelry. These are priceless items of incredible beauty. One hall of the museum exhibits weapons and armor of sultans, as well as their trophies.
It is easy to reach Bandar Seri Begawan by airplane from Singapore. It will quickly take you to the capital of Brunei – the flight lasts only 2 hours 10 minutes. There are also flights from Kuala Lumpur. This flight will be even shorter, and you will reach Bandar Seri Begawan in just half an hour. The airport and the city center are connected by buses that regularly transfer passengers. It is always possible to rent a taxi.

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National and city parks around Bandar Seri Begawan
♥   World Heritage Site 'Gunung Mulu National Park' , 90.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   State Park 'Pulau Tiga' , 120.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Lambir Hills' , 126.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Pulong Tau' , 137.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Taman Negara Banjaran Crocker' , 140.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Sultan Ali Sayfuddin Mosque

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
One of the main elements of the decoration is a marvellous mosaic. It consists from 3,5 million pieces and belongs to hands of Venetian masters. The mosque height is 52 meters, from its top you can see many nearby areas. Tourists like to walk near the mosque. One of the main peculiarities of the mosque is the minaret, made in the Italian Renaissance. This style is quite rare used for mosque decoration. The minaret has an elevator that within a second bring people to the top. The mosque has the most popular and interesting viewing point in the city. … Read further

Sightseeing in Brunei: things to see

An airplane flight from Thailand is the simplest and most affordable way to reach Brunei. The international airport in Bandar Seri Begawan accepts flights from Bangkok. Some western cities in Malaysia also have air links with the country, but these flights are not so regular. The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah have frequent buses and ferries to Brunei. … Open
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