Small in size but big in attractions, Brunei’s capital has lots to offer.
Brunei-muara 1 THE OMAR ALI SAIFUDDIEN MOSQUE
Brunei Darussalam’s iconic landmark, the mosque was completed in 1958 and is named after the 28th Sultan, the late Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien, who is referred to as the Architect of Modern Brunei.
2 ISTANA NURUL IMAN
The official residence of His Majesty
Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu‘izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-pertuan of Brunei Darussalam. Although not open to public, except during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, its golden domes and vaulted roof can be viewed from Kampong Ayer.
3 LAPAU AND DEWAN MAJLIS
The Royal Ceremonial Hall features an exquisite golden dome and hosts all of the Sultanate’s traditional royal ceremonies.
4 THE ROYAL REGALIA BUILDING
The museum is home to a collection of royal regalia, including the royal chariot, gold and silver ceremonial armoury, the jewel encrusted crowns used during the coronation and a replica of the throne, which is used by the Sultan on state occasions.
5 ISTANA DARUSSALAM
Located on Jalan Sumbiling, this wooden palace captures the architectural heritage of old Malay palaces. Visitors may view only from outside.
6 THE SULTAN HAJI HASSANAL BOLKIAH FOUNDATION COMPLEX
The capital’s most popular shopping venues, it combines both traditional Malay and modern architecture.
7 BRUNEI MUSEUM
Brunei’s national museum spotlights Brunei’s role in Southeast Asia’s history. The Islamic Art Gallery has historical pieces of Islamic art and a commendable Quran collection.
8 BRUNEI ARTS AND HANDICRAFTS CENTRE
Brunei’s ancient and traditional arts and crafts – kain tenunan, silver & brass ware, wood carving and basketry – are showcased in this centre, aimed to preserve its rich legacy.
9 TAMU KIANGGEH
The Tamu, or open air market, on the banks of the Kianggeh River is a popular local market for traditional dishes, fruits, vegetables, flowers and handicrafts.
10 KAMPONG AYER
The world’s largest water village that is home to more than 30,000 people living on unique wooden houses on stilts over the Brunei River.
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Temburong 11 ULU TEMBURONG NATIONAL PARK
Explore Brunei’s lush virgin forest through lofty canopy walkways, scenic hiking trails and a thrilling river ride to the park on the Temburong River.
Tutong 12 TASEK MERIMBUN
Brunei’s largest lake that curves in an ‘S’ has an island in the centre accessible via a wooden walkway and various facilities for picnics and recreation.
Belait 13 OIL & GAS DISCOVERY CENTRE
An ‘edutainment’ facility, this interactive science centre aims to make science exciting and accessible to all with more than 100 hands-on exhibits in themed areas to explore.