Bandar Seri Begawan

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Brunei is known for its mosques, Kampong Ayer and the Sultan’s extravagance.

Bandar Seri Begawan is the capital town of the Brunei Sultanate. it’s formally governed as a municipality. Bandar Seri Begawan has an estimated population of 100,700 and together with the entire Brunei-Muara District, the metro space has an estimated population of 279,924.

‘Bandar Seri Begawan’ comes from the official Malay name that is also translatable as ‘Seri Begawan City’. It was named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, who was the previous ruler of Brunei Sultanate and also the late father of current Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. ‘Seri Begawan’ is a component of the royal title presented by the late sultan upon his abdication from the throne in 1967. The town was renamed in 1970 to commemorate his contribution to the event of the country throughout his reign, particularly on the modernization of Brunei within the 20th century. Before this, the town had been referred to as ‘Bandar Brunei’ or ‘Brunei Town’.

The city is informally known by the native folks as ‘Bandar’ the Malay word for ‘(the) City’. However, the precise area that the name refers to could dissent in informal context: aside from bearing on the identical areas because the city’s official jurisdiction, ‘Bandar’ may additionally refer solely to the Pusat Bandar (literally ‘City Centre’) area of the capital to distinguish from other named areas among the city, whereby they weren’t a part of the capital before 2007. Meanwhile, it might sometime extend beyond the city’s exact area, encompassing its close urban areas and even to the extent of covering the entire of Brunei-Muara District. The reference of the latter is usually being used by the residents outside of the district.

There are some interesting things to do in Bandar Seri Begawan

Explore the world’s largest floating village

Kampong Ayer ranks as one of the best things to try to see in Bander Seri Begawan for a travel junkie. The stilted-village on the Brunei River houses more than 13,000 permanent residents

Pay a visit to the world’s largest mosque

Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is enormous. Built in 1994 and inaugurated on the Sultan’s 48th birthday, Brunei spared no expense in its grandeur. The country’s second national mosque has 29 golden domes and four towering minarets at 58 metres.

Try the local food at Gadong Night Market

Stroll through the stalls and you’ll find grilled chicken, fish and kebabs. Other dishes include stir-fried noodles, nasi katok (fried chicken and steamed rice with a spicy sauce) and fresh fruits.