Bandar Seri Begawan is not a tongue-twister, but the capital of the small state of Brunei , its history dates back to the seventh century, when it was created the first settlement along the Brunei River. That first settlement stood exactly where today is the National Museum and the village, historically called Kampong Ayer, has expanded and moved over the centuries before being renamed with the current name with a composition of three terms coined in honor of his father Sultan and Sanskrit words and shutters. In the sixteenth century the town had grown considerably, already had an estimated population of 25,000 households and was one of the most prosperous and powerful whole Borneo, however, after becoming the heyday, the city was also a decline in Because of the war and the emigration of the population.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Brunei became a protectorate of the British Empire and in 1906 Malcolm McArthur became the first British Resident of the nation and proposed a series of initiatives to ensure the development of the country convinced the population to move to the left bank of the Brunei River, also involving the Chinese merchants and the sultan himself to follow the recommendation. A few years later, thanks to that proposal, the city grew significantly with the construction of public buildings and residential neighborhoods until, during the Second World War, it was invaded by the Allies and suffered extensive damage caused by heavy bombing and for that reason had to be necessarily almost entirely rebuilt after the war with an uninterrupted work lasted over twenty years. After becoming the state capital finally independent in 1984, Bandar Seri Begawan is today one of the most prosperous in the region of Borneo.
Many tourists come to the city convinced to visit a place like Singapore, where the display of wealth is a daily practice, the facts show that in fact, beyond the luxury cars that run for its beautiful streets, there are also many aspects and the most traditional and cheap as anywhere in the Southeast Asia, although some social factors such as life expectancy or the low crime rates are on western standards. Before going to visit the city, and by extension the country, it should be noted that Brunei is a very religious state where they are rigidly observed the rules of Islam, and therefore is highly recommended to dress appropriately, especially if he was going to visit the mosques, it should be noted also that smoking is prohibited in public places and it is not allowed to consume alcohol.
In the city you can visit several tourist attractions, including the Royal Regalia Building, which houses a collection of gifts made to the Sultan by world leaders, open every day from 9 to 17 with free admission or big and spectacular Jame Mosque Asr Hassanil, built in 1992 and the main place of worship in the country. Located about two kilometers north-west of the center can be reached by bus number 22 departing from the central bus station on Jalan Cator.
Istana Nurul Iman is the largest presidential palace in the world, this is the residence of the Sultan and his family. Although the building is about the size of three times the Buckingham Palace in London, you can not photograph it as entirely hidden by trees and bushes, it should be noted, however, that a few days a year, generally at the end of Ramadan, the palace is open to the public for guided tours, and is certainly an opportunity not to be missed.
Definitely changing environment, you should give a visit to the area of Kampung Ayer, at first glance a simple maze of dilapidated structures on the river where about thirty thousand people. In fact, this old settlement of more than thirteen hundred years is the largest water village in the world and is called-in fact, with a little fantasy-“the Venice of the East”. There is also a gallery of Tourism and Culture with a tower that lets you enjoy unaa global view of the village, which is within walking distance and can be visited with a water taxi.
In the city you can use the bus purple, whose rate is generally 75 cents or, alternatively, the already mentioned water taxi (which, after having dealt with a little, you can rip a lower rate). Taxis common however are rarely equipped with a taximeter and their prices vary depending on the price of fuel. The comfortable Brunei International Airport, located just 2.5 km from the center, is linked to major cities in Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. Please note that the departure tax at the time of the country is $ 3.75 for the destinations of Borneo and $9 for all others.
Originally posted 2012-08-21 17:36:43.