10 Places to Visit in Brunei
Brunei is a small country that is rich in oil and gas reserves. It is quite enjoyable to visit Brunei because of the people and its vast natural resources. Visit grand mosques, charming forest and national park when you are in Brunei.
Here’s a list of the places that you shouldn’t miss.
Located at Kota Batu, Brunei’s National Museum will give you a chance to explore the country’s rich history. Brunei Museum, which features Islamic arts and artifacts from the 16th century, is the largest museum in Brunei. The building of the museum has exquisite Malayan design and carvings.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin is one of the most magnificent mosques in the whole of Asia Pacific. It is still being used by countless Muslims as a place of worship and is a symbol of Muslim faith in Brunei. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin mosque is one of the most famous tourist spots in Brunei.
Malay Technology Museum
Located beside the historic Brunei’s National Museum is the Muzium Teknologi Melayu or the Malay Technology Museum. It formally opened its doors in 1988 for the public to explore its three exhibition halls that features all types of technology, even those from the ancient times such as gold smithing.
Dubbed as the “smallest and most expensive amusement park in Southeast Asia,” Jerudong Park featured rides such as Chocolate Swimming Pool, The Shooting Gallery and the Junior Roller Coaster. There’s also a musical fountain show that plays classic Disney hits. The government of Brunei spent 1 billion to build Jerudong Park. During the first few years of its operation, everything is for free, but today, the public is required to pay B$15 as an entrance fee and payment to all the rides.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
This huge stadium is located in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium can hold 28,000 people and is currently being used for football matches. The stadium officially opens its door in September 23, 1983 where major events have been held here such as the 20th Southeast Asian Games in 1999.
Royal Regalia Museum
This majestic structure situated in the streets of Bandar Seri Begawan holds a vast collection of monuments and relics that demonstrate Brunei’s values and culture. Inside the museum, you can see replicas of the royal family’s priced possessions – crowns, thrones, gowns. It also features luxurious gifts to the Sultan and his family.
Brunei History Center
If you are interested in knowing more about Brunei then go to the Brunei History Center. The center was built in 1982 and it aims to preserve the country’s history. Brunei History Center also contains a detailed history of the Sultan and his family as well as his detailed genealogy.
Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
This magnificent mosque represents Brunei’s Islamic influence and heritage. Jame’Ashr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is famous for its golden domes and intricate design, where it has wide and beautiful gardens that complement the design of the mosque. Jame’Ashr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is clean and well-kept, and there’s even a water fountain inside it. The ambiance of the place is really relaxing.
Chinese Temple in Bandar Seri Begawan
In a country surrounded by mosque, a Chinese temple is something that you don’t see every day. Brunei is a place where vices such as drinking alcohol and smoking are not allowed, it is refreshing to know that there’s still religious freedom.
A Little Market in Jalan Residency
Immerse in the true culture of Brunei and visit a small market place near Jalan Residency. Here you can find local delicacies, sweet treats, local harvest, and even a pharmacy and clothing. Most residents from nearby villages go here for their everyday needs.