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A great feudal country in the past, Brunei is now famous for its picturesque mangrove forests, charming beaches, and numerous historic landmarks. There are comfortable resorts suitable for beachside recreation and areas with untouched nature ideal for strolling, colorful markets with interesting souvenirs and authentic villages with interesting lifestyle and friendly atmosphere.
There are no written records about the early history of the country, but archaeological excavations proved that first settlers on the territory of modern Brunei appeared during the prehistoric era. It is only known that there was a large feudal country on the site of modern Brunei in the 16th century. This country controlled almost a complete territory of Borneo Island. Famous Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was the discoverer of this land. His crew stepped onto the territory of Brunei in 1522.
After that, the newly discovered land drew the attention of European countries. For many years, Brunei successfully protected its territory from Spanish invaders. In the second half of the 16th century, Spain managed to conquer several separated settlements. Inner tensions and a chain of civil wars also destroyed the country from the inside. European colonizers helped local sultans to stifle rebellions and outbreaks. The power and influence of Europeans in the region were growing slowly. In the second half of the 19th century, almost all territory of the country became a British property. The colonizers started active oil development in Brunei. The country returned its independence only in 1959, after the adoption of the new constitution. Copyright
Bandar Seri Begawan is the largest city in the country and its capital. It can pleasantly surprise tourists with a variety of interesting landmarks. Bandar Seri Begawan is often referred to as one of the richest cities in the world. Tourists can admire not only beautiful historical buildings but also eye-catching modern constructions here. Hundreds of shops and restaurants work in the capital. This is also the location of the most prestigious hotels. Simply walk a bit away from the lively streets of the capital, and you will find yourself in a completely different place – a hilly area with dense forests.
The Istana Nurul Iman Palace is a very unusual and interesting architectural landmark. This is the biggest active residence of the government in the world. The giant palace has 1788 rooms. Even the number of bathrooms is astonishing – 257. The building cost of the tremendous residence exceeded US$1 billion. A beautiful park surrounds the Istana Nurul Iman. It is also impossible not to mention one more part of the residence, a car garage with more than 5,000 vehicles. The luxurious palace is open to all visitors for several days a year.
There are several beautiful mosques in Brunei, and the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is the most famous. The main Islamic symbol of the country was built in 1958. The height of the gilt cupola of the mosque is 52 meters. The garden with manmade lagoons, which surrounds the mosque, is a no less interesting place to visit. It is particularly interesting to visit this religious landmark in the evening when skillful illumination lights up the territory.
Do you dream of visiting interesting sports competitions? In this case, don’t forget to visit Jerudong Park. This is a giant sports playground that offers entertainment for any taste to its guests. In Jerudong Park, visitors will find high-quality golf courses, a polo stadium, and even special croquet fields. A special carting race track appeared in the park several years ago. There is even a shooting club that is open to visitors. Even visitors will small children will have fun in Jerudong Park because it is suitable for kids of all ages. There is a special amusement park for young guests.
The old village of Kampong Ayer is one of the best destinations for everyone who wants to get acquainted with the national culture of the region. This settlement was founded more than a thousand years ago. Just like many years ago, visitors can still see traditional houses of local people built on pillars. There are also authentic old schools and mosques in Kampong Ayer. Many old houses were transformed into interesting shops, restaurants featuring national cuisine, and souvenir shops. The old village has one more peculiarity – its population is incredibly friendly and hospitable, so tourists will always feel comfortable here.
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.

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Sultan Ali Sayfuddin Mosque

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
One of the most magnificent mosques of the Asian and Pacific Rim in the capital of Brunei. Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is the king’s mosque that was built in 1958. Today it is the main Islamic symbol of the country. The height of the marble minarets is 44 meters. In order to make its cupolas was used the real gold. The mosque is a complex architectural complex with several large inner yards, luxurious gardens and fountains.

The author of this religious building wanted to surround the mosque with a number of fruit trees, wonderful flowers and exotic plants that would symbolize the paradise. The inner decoration adores with its luxury. The marble for walls and floor was brought from Italy, delicate chandeliers and stained glasses were made by the best British masters. The visitors can see … Read all
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Bandar Seri Begawan
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 … Read more

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