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.
Taman Mahkota Jubilee Emas
Take a sunset stroll through Taman Mahkota Jubilee Emas, Brunei’s 12-hectare riverfront park. With perfectly trimmed gardens, brilliant flora and grand monuments that light up the night, visitors can take a breather at the park with the backdrop of magnificent Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque and serene Kampong Ayer. Enjoy some local snacks from friendly stall owners and maybe rent a 2, 4 or 6 rider bicycle for a delightful ride around the park.
Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah
First opened in 1996, Yayasan Shopping Complex is one of Brunei’s earliest and longest-standing shopping malls. Considered a tourist attraction for a majority of its existence due to its scenic fountain avenue and its close proximity to other popular sites such as Kampung Air and the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Recently, the shopping centre has gone through a few changes but has since reopened its doors with a new line-up of brands, mostly featuring locally made products.
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.
Built with love to cultivate joy, Joyful Garden is a tranquil escape that is much needed. The lush garden is home to a plethora of plants and decorated with wooden swings, delightful gazebos and furniture pieces inspired by the Chinese culture. Walk across small bridges and unwind as you listen to the calming sounds of water streaming down from the hill into the ponds. This spot is perfect for visitors who want to slow down and take some time to unwind. And if you come at the right time, you might be able to join in on a Qi Gong session.
The Joyful Garden is free of charge to enter. It is located at No. 40, Simpang 214, Kampung Subok Open daily from 7am – 6pm on Monday to Thursday and Saturday, 7am – 6:30pm on Friday and Sunday.
Indoor Ice-Skating Rink at Aman Hills Shopping Centre
Unleash your inner “Frozen” and let yourself go as you glide along an icy plain at Aman Hills Shopping Centre. Made of actual ice, the ice-skating rink is one of the shopping complex’s most popular family-friendly attractions, featuring trainers for first-time skaters and adorable dolphin skate aids for children. Able to accommodate about 80 to 100 skaters at a time, this is a great spot to move and loosen yourself after a movie or a stroll within the imminent shopping mall.
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.