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It was built in 1958 and named after the 28th Sultan, Omar Ali Saifuddien. This mosque dominates the city centre of Bandar Seri Begawan. It is one of the most magnificent mosques in the whole of South East Asia, and a symbol of a Islamic faith of the people of Brunei. Located in the lagoon beside the mosque is a replica of a 16th Century Mahligai barge, which was used to stage colorful religious ceremonies, such as Koran reading competitions during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. Along the way to the mosque, you will see the Taman Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien and the Yayasan Shopping Mall.
It is advisable for visitors and tourist to wear sensible clothing when visiting the mosque. All visitors are required to remove their shoes prior to entering the mosque. Taking pictures are not allowed inside the mosque.
Closed to visitor every Thursday and Friday and during the prayer time.
How to get there: 5 minutes walk.
It was built in 1992 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah accession to the throne in 1967. It is located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan and along the way to the Royal Regalia, you will pass the Tomb of Raja Ayang (refer to the Tale of Raja Ayang in Folktales and Legends), Taman Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien where Brunei’s Declaration of Independence was held and the Clock Tower of Brunei. The Royal Regalia displays the glorious items that symbolize the Government of Brunei Darussalam.
The building is donated by Royal Dutch Shell Group of Companies, in conjunction with the Brunei Darussalam’s independence in 1984. The museum was officially opened by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam on the 29th February 1988. It showcases the proper documentation of indigenous technologies such as cottage and handicraft industry. This museum is specially established to document; to collect; and to exhibit these indigenous technologies for the benefit of future generations which is on the brink of extinctions.
Tamu means ‘Market’ and Bandar’s Tamu is located on the banks of the Kianggeh River. Here is where you will find a variety of local products. Among the items you may find are medicinal herbs and local delicacies. Handicraft shoppers might find good bargains here. Good buys include Tudung Dulang (decorative food cover), Pemarang (machete-like knife) and local foods like Kueh Cincin and Kueh Jala. On the way to Tamu Kianggeh, you can find water taxis waiting along the jetty. You can ask them to take you for a Water Village tour for a reasonable price.
Tamu Kianggeh started in the early 60s and slowly replaced the ‘Padian’ – villagers who go around the Kampung Ayer to sell their products on a boat which used to be practiced by the people in Kampong Ayer. As more local prefer to go and work on land with the government and private sector in Bandar Seri Begawan, the Padian took their business on land to Tamu Kianggeh. It is a place where state dignity visited too.
It opens daily from 5:30 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening.
First established in 1965, the Brunei Museum occupied its present site since 1970. Officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1972, the museum becomes the vital centre for displaying the archaeology, ethnology and natural history of Brunei and Islamic art. The location was actually a fortress used by the locals to defend from foreign invaders. You can still see the cannons next to the building facing the river. Learn more..
The Clock Tower of Brunei was built to commerate the visit of Tuanku Abdul Rahman to Brunei Darussalam and it is dubbed the Ground Zero as it is the starting point where distances are measured in Brunei.
Early European visitors to Brunei Darussalam described the Kampong Ayer, or Water Village, as the “Venice of the East”. Today, visitors continue to be fascinated by these traditional and historic houses on stilts which span the greater part of the Brunei River. Home for about 30,000 people, the Kampong Ayer is accessible by boat or via wooden bridges. The houses in Kampong Ayer are joined by a maze of inter-connecting wooden walkways, and visitors are free to roam at their leisure. His Majesty’s government has provided every modern facility for the residents, including schools, clinics, police stations and mosques. A visit to Brunei Darussalam would be incomplete without a trip to this unique and intriguing place.
How to get there:
Take water taxi along the canal beside hotel or Jetty of Yayasan shopping mall (along the Brunei River).
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