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Bandar Seri Begawan (Muara), Brunei

For two centuries the Sultanate of Brunei was the one of the great dynasties of Southeast Asia, the ruler of all Borneo. The arrival first of colonizing Europeans and later the depredations of James Brooke, the notorious "White Raja" of Sarawak, reduced Brunei in size and scope. By the late 19th century the Sultanate had become an English protectorate. The discovery of vast deposits of offshore oil in the early 20th century revitalized Brunei's fortunes. The Sultanate gained full independence from the United Kingdom in 1984, and today Brunei is one of the world's smallest and richest countries.

Once the ruler of all Borneo, Brunei today is surrounded by Malaysia's Sarawak Province. The capital is Bandar Seri Begawan, a city of some 75,000 people. Bandar boasts elegant modern Islamic mosques, museums and palaces. Brunei's other chief attractions are its exotic water villages at Kampong Ayer and its pristine rain forest.

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  • Jame'Asr Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Jame'Asr Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

    Completed in 1994 to celebrate the Sultan's 25th Jubilee, this ornate mosque - the biggest in Brunei - is a superb example of contemporary Islamic architecture with its elegant gold domes.

  • Kampong Ayer (Village) Kampong Ayer (Village)

    Built on stilts over the water, this series of 28 colorful villages connected by wooden walkways features brightly painted houses, shops, market, mosques and schools.

  • Royal Regalia Museum Royal Regalia Museum

    Home to Brunei's Crown Jewels, the royal regalia on display here includes the Royal Chariot, scepters, coronation crowns, ceremonial weapons, royal family memorabilia and a replica of the throne room.

  • Istana Nurul Iman Istana Nurul Iman

    Meaning "Palace of the Light of Faith" this official residence of the Sultan of Brunei is the largest residential palace in the world at over 2,000,000 square feet.

  • Brunei Museum Brunei Museum

    Featuring galleries focusing on Brunei's natural history, culture and archeology, this national museum also boasts one of the finest collections of Islamic art and illuminated Qurans in the world.

  • Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

    Named for the 28th Sultan of Brunei, this spectacular mosque on the banks of the Brunei River features marble minarets, golden domes with courtyards and lush gardens full of fountains.

  • Mangrove Cruise Mangrove Cruise

    Experience a water taxi cruise along the Brunei River past a colorful water village on stilts, the glittering Royal Palace and a serene mangrove forest, home to elusive Proboscis monkeys.

  • Kianggeh Traditional Market Kianggeh Traditional Market

    Visit the immense Kianggeh Market located on the banks of the Kianggeh River in the heart of Brunei's capital<br>Explore the sea of charming vendor stands offering a range of products from local fruits, vegetables, traditional cakes and delicacies and other local products.

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