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Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan

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Brunei

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Brunei dollar

Explore Bandar Seri Begawan

Located in the Brunei-Muara district and along the Brunei River, Bandar Seri Begawan glows with its numerous landmarks and its identity as the country’s capital. It is often referred to as BSB, and is distinct for its lavish Islamic architecture, reflecting Brunei’s national identity and religion. It is also the home of the Sultan of Brunei, and its uniqueness is further defined by the fact that a notable part of the city consists of a village that literally rests on water.

Explore Other Must Do in Bandar Seri Begawan

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Tamu Kianggeh

    Tamu Kianggeh

    To Shop

    This open-air market along the Kianggeh River has existed since the 1960s, serving as a pivotal location for Bruneians to obtain provisions. From local vegetables to fish and snacks, the market is a shopping destination that does not shy away from offering the best of Brunei. Just be sure to visit in the morning, as most of its stalls close by noon!

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  • Apam Balik

    Apam Balik

    To Eat

    A local take on pancakes, apam balik is a snack of sorts that is best enjoyed fresh off the griddle that it is cooked on. It is commonly found in roadside stalls, taking the form of a pancake that has been folded in half to contain sugar, butter or margarine, peanuts and sweet corn. Bruneians also refer to it as ‘murtabak manis’.

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  • Jerudong Park

    Jerudong Park

    To Do

    The Jerudong Park Country Club and Playground is a recreational venue for families. It is equipped with rides like a Ferris wheel, a carousel and a mini roller-coaster, as well as a water park and a mini golf station. Tickets must be purchased to enter the park, and rates differ for adults and children.

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  • The Waterfront

    The Waterfront

    To Do

    Accessible throughout the day, the Waterfront is Bandar Seri Begawan’s go-to place for scenic views of landmarks and the iconic Brunei River. It is handsomely decorated with eateries, making it a popular place to settle down for dinner while watching the sun set or to catch glimpses of Kampong Ayer – Bandar Seri Begawan’s famed water village – that rests opposite.

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  • Cincin

    Cincin

    To Eat

    A signature dish of Brunei’s Malay community, cincin – otherwise known as ‘ring cakes’ – is a snack that is especially favoured by Bruneians during tea time. It is made of flour and brown sugar, and is dipped in turmeric before being fried. Its sweetness also makes it a suitable dessert for meals.

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  • Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

    Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

    To See

    With grand components like chandeliers from England and Italian marble floors, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a work of art that demands attention. It is enclosed by a lagoon which reflects its radiance throughout the day, and has been a treasured worship place in Bandar Seri Begawan’s landscape since 1958.

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  • Kampong Ayer

    Kampong Ayer

    To Do

    Sometimes referred to as the Venice of the East, Kampong Ayer has been the home of numerous Bruneians for well over a thousand years. Over 30,000 people are said to reside in this stilt settlement today, living in a series of 42 villages that are connected by foot bridges which stretch across 18 miles.

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  • Istana Nurul Iman

    Istana Nurul Iman

    To See

    Istana Nurul Iman is the residence of the current Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, who is renowned for his immense wealth. It covers 2,000,000 square feet, making it one of the largest palaces in the world. It contains about 1,800 rooms, along with features like an air-conditioned stable for horses. It is opened to the public for only three days a year, during Ramadan.

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  • Twelve Roofs House

    Twelve Roofs House

    To See

    An echo of Brunei’s past as a British colony, this complex was once the home of British Residents and High Commissioners. It is filled with pictures that depict what Brunei was like over a century ago, and currently symbolizes the longstanding relationship between Brunei and the United Kingdom. It is also considered to be one of Brunei’s oldest pieces of architecture.

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  • Brunei Museum

    Brunei Museum

    To See

    Since its official opening in 1972, the Brunei Museum has served as an epicentre for cultural and educational exploration amongst Bruneians and tourists alike. It is located roughly 5 kilometres away from the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan, and is housed in a building that is celebrated for its commanding architecture.

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  • Muara Beach Recreational Park

    Muara Beach Recreational Park

    To Do

    If your idea of paradise is a seaside park with amenities like a picnic area and a cycling trail, this is the place for you. With additional features such as playground, food stalls, changing rooms and toilets, this park has all the right ingredients for you to fashion a relaxing day at the beach for yourself and your companions.

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  • Malay Technology Museum

    Malay Technology Museum

    To See

    Located by the Brunei Museum, this establishment gives you the chance to delve into the history and development of Brunei’s community. It is especially popular for its depiction of Brunei’s early settlers and their lifestyles, such as life in water villages.

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  • Ambuyat

    Ambuyat

    To Eat

    Ambuyat is a dish that stems from the interior part of sago palm trees and is best described as being gummy and starchy. It is not flavourful on its own, but like rice, is often enhanced with accompanying dishes. You may be intrigued, however, to know that it is eaten with a bamboo instrument called ‘candas’ – and that it should be swallowed without chewing.

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  • Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah

    Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah

    To See

    Crafted in 1992 to commemorate the current Sultan of Brunei’s 25th year of reign, this mosque is not one that you can miss during your trip to Brunei. Why? Well, aside from being the largest mosque in Brunei, it is adorned with 29 golden domes, depicting Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s status as the 29th ruler of his dynasty. Is it also called the Kiarong Mosque.

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  • Gadong

    Gadong

    To Shop

    Gadong is the bustling Bruneian town in which numerous shopping complexes – such as Seri Kenangan Complex and Jaya Hypermart – are located. It is also the host of a night market that allows local produce, goods and food to be purchased affordably. All you need to get here is a drive of about 10 minutes from the centre of Bandar Seri Begawan.

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  • Taman Peranginan Tasek

    Taman Peranginan Tasek

    To Do

    This national recreational park is popular amongst Bruneians for outdoor activities like jogging and hiking. It has a small waterfall at the top of its hilly terrain, and is dressed with picnic areas for relaxation. It even has a tower which provides captivating views of Bandar Seri Begawan’s natural landscape.

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  • Roti Kacang Kahwin

    Roti Kacang Kahwin

    To Eat

    A layer of rich kaya (coconut jam) and a wedge of creamy butter, sandwiched in a sweet bun of ground peanuts. This aptly describes roti kacang kahwin, which has grown to become one of Brunei’s favourite teatime delicacies. It is especially popular in Chop Jing Chew, a renowned eatery that is situated in Bandar Seri Begawan.

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  • Wajid

    Wajid

    To Eat

    Composed of rice, coconut milk and palm sugar, wajid is a simple snack and dessert that has humoured countless generations of Bruneians with its fragrant sweetness. It is usually wrapped in nyirik leaves to form little parcels that are easy to carry around. Renditions of this delicacy that hail from Brunei’s Temburong district are said to be exceptionally delectable.

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