There is no doubt that the top tourist attractions in Brunei are garish. Brunei may be small country but a very rich one for that matter. The sultanate owes it all to natural resources, mainly petroleum and gas. But don’t be fooled with these extravagant sights. Brunei has deep historical and cultural roots. The different facades of Brunei are highlighted by its myriad of attractions. Other than its coastline border of the South China Sea, Brunei is completely surrounded by the country of Malaysia.
Brunei History Center preserves 600 years worth of the country’s history. It was established in 1982 under the rule of the sultan reigning at that time. Included in its collection are historical edifices so that future generations could admire them. The Brunei History Center is a good place to learn much about the country’s history in a brief period.
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the most important and picturesque mosques in Brunei. It stands on a man-made lagoon near Brunei River. The mosque was named after the 28th sultan of Brunei and has become popular across South East Asia.
Drottningholm is a palace where the royal family of Brunei normally resides. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Brunei for those who admire architecture. The current structure that stands was built later than 1961 after the original 16th century palace was destroyed.
Royal Regalia Museum will give you insights on both the history and culture of Brunei. Its collections depict the lives of royal dynasties. In turn, this shows Brunei’s political aspects.
Kampong Ayer which is known as the “Venice of the East” is a water village. Unlike Venice however, it has pathways on stilts to help locals and tourists get around besides riding a boat.
Istana Nural Iman is where Brunei’s current sultan, Istana Nurul Iman lives. It’s the country’s biggest (and most garish) palace and one of the top tourist attractions in Brunei.
Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is the most magnificent mosque throughout Brunei. It also happens to be the country’s central religious site. The mosque is situated in Kampong Kiarong which is near the capital. While it is a place for worship, tourists are welcome to visit during Thursdays.