Of Golden Skylines and Opulent Treasures.
An urbanscape that boasts magnificent Islamic architecture and the natural green geography of the land, Brunei-Muara is the epitome of traditional culture co-existing harmoniously with urban sophistication. As the smallest of Brunei’s four districts, it also happens to be the most populated and most bustling as it holds both the capital of the Sultanate, Bandar Seri Begawan, and the only main deepwater port located in Muara. Explore the safeguarded heritages of this kingdom and discover delightfully unexpected treasures along the way!
Top Places to Visit
This museum houses the Sultan’s full royal regalia, as well as exhibits commemorating the Silver and Golden Jubilee celebrations of the present monarch’s reign. Visitors are greeted with the very same golden chariot used to take the Sultan through the city streets during the Silver Jubilee celebration in 1992.
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Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei – the late father of the current Sultan of Brunei – this mosque is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in Asia Pacific. It is surrounded by an artificial lake that also acts as a reflective pool as well as trees and charming flower gardens. The interior of the mosque is open to the public from Saturday to Wednesday from 8.30am – 12pm, 1.30pm – 3pm and 4.30pm – 5.30pm, but closed on Thursdays and Fridays. The exterior compound, however, is open daily from 8am – 8.30pm except during prayer times.
Known to some as the ‘Venice of the East’, Kampong Ayer is the world’s largest settlement on stilts. This floating village is home to some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Who might just open their doors to you and insist you come in and share a hearty home-cooked meal. To get across the river, you’ll need to flag down a water taxi for an average of BND1 per person. But don’t worry, the boat drivers are usually nearby, ready to bring people around the waterways.
As Borneo’s largest amusement park, Jerudong Park features all kinds of rides for all ages. Roam freely through beautifully landscaped and kid-friendly playground that the young ones would enjoy. Please refer here for the park’s opening times and entrance fees.
Located at the banks of Kianggeh river where the waterways are constantly busy with motorboats zooming by, the market features a variety of local vegetables like edible ferns and medicinal herbs. Also on sale are fishermen’s catch of the day as well as ready-cooked local dishes that’ll whet your appetite for that distinct Bruneian flavor! The market is open daily from 8am-5.30pm, with Friday morning being their most bustling time! However most stalls would pack up by noon so we suggest you head there in the morning.
Lugu Lake (along the Jerudong-Tutong highway)
A former man-made pit turned freshwater lagoon, Lugu Lake will definitely dazzle the eyes with its uniquely turquoise lustre. On any given weekend, you can find local resident kids waddling and splashing around in the blue lake. For those who are more experienced on the water, you can try your hand at paddleboarding! Soak in the warm rays as you float atop the dreamy blue lagoon.
Whether you’re travelling to Brunei with loved ones or on your own, we’ve got you covered! Explore the country’s customs and traditions, find hidden gems downtown, where the hustle and bustle meets an Islamic serenity, and discover what awaits in the pristine rainforests and sandy beaches, specially curated for your needs.