Top 10 things to do in Brunei

Brunei

A sovereign country occupying two small portions of the northwestern coast.

Brunei is a country.

Brunei (i/bruːˈnaɪ/, broo-NYE) officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace (Malay: Negara Brunei Darussalam, Jawi: نڬارا بروني دارالسلام‎), is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea, it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia; and it is separated into two parts by the Sarawak district of Limbang. It is the only sovereign state completely on the island of Borneo; the remainder of the island's territory is divided between the nations of Malaysia and Indonesia. Brunei's population was 408,786 in July 2012.

At the peak of Bruneian Empire, Sultan Bolkiah (reigned 1485–1528) is alleged to have had control over most regions of Borneo, including modern-day Sarawak and Sabah, as well as the Sulu archipelago off the northeast tip of Borneo, Seludong (modern-day Manila), and the islands off the northwest tip of Borneo. The maritime state was visited by Spain's Magellan Expedition in 1521 and fought against Spain in 1578's Castille War.

During the 19th century the Bruneian Empire began to decline. The Sultanate ceded Sarawak (Kuching) to James Brooke and installed him as the White Rajah, and it ceded Sabah to the British North Borneo Chartered Company. In 1888, Brunei became a British protectorate and was assigned a British resident as colonial manager in 1906. After the Japanese occupation during World War II, in 1959 a new constitution was written. In 1962, a small armed rebellion against the monarchy was ended with the help of the British.

Brunei gained its independence from the United Kingdom on 1 January 1984. Economic growth during the 1990s and 2000s, averaging 56% from 1999 to 2008, transformed Brunei into an industrialised country. It has developed wealth from extensive petroleum and natural gas fields. Brunei has the second-highest Human Development Index among the South East Asia nations, after Singapore, and is classified as a "developed country". According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Brunei is ranked fifth in the world by gross domestic product per capita at purchasing power parity. The IMF estimated, in 2011, that Brunei was one of two countries (the other being Libya) with a public debt at 0% of the national GDP. Forbes also ranks Brunei as the fifth-richest nation out of 182, based on its petroleum and natural gas fields.

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Top 10 things to do in Brunei

Brunei Museum

Brunei Museum
The Brunei Museum is the national museum of Brunei. It is located in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan.Since 1969, the museum has published the Brunei Museum Journal, an ...

Malay Technology Museum

Malay Technology Museum
The Malay Technology Museum is located at Kota Batu, in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei-Muara District, Brunei. It is situated next to the Brunei Museum. The building ...

Bandar Seri Begawan

Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan with an estimated population of more than 200,000 , is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei.HistoryHabitation on the banks of ...

Seria

Seria
Seria is a town in the Belait District of Brunei Darussalam. Its full name is Pekan Seria .HistorySeria was originally known as Padang Berawa which is Wild ...

Istana Nurul Iman

Istana Nurul Iman
The Istana Nurul Iman palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah, and the seat of the Brunei government. The palace is located on a leafy, ...

Jerudong

Jerudong
Jerudong is an suburb-urban area in North west of Brunei. Its population is 21,000. Jerudong is located in the South West of Brunei-Muara District It is only 24 km to Bandar ...

Kuala Belait

Kuala Belait
Kuala Belait is a town located in South-West of Brunei. It is the second largest town in the country, after Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei and functions as ...

Bangar

Bangar
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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is an Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. Considered as one of the most beautiful mosques in ...

Kampong Ayer

Kampong Ayer
Kampong Ayer, or the Water Village is an area of Brunei's capital city Bandar Seri Begawan that is situated over Brunei Bay. 39,000 people live in the Water Village. This ...

Jerudong Park

Jerudong Park
Jerudong Park is an amusement park in Brunei. It is the smallest and most expensive amusement park in South East Asia, built and funded by the Bruneian government for $1 ...

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium
Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. It is currently used mostly for football matches. The stadium holds 28,000 and was opened in ...

Ulu Temburong National Park

Ulu Temburong National Park
Ulu Temburong National Park was the first national park to be established in Brunei, protected since 1991. The park is in Temburong District in eastern Brunei, and covers about 40% ...

Billionth Barrel Monument

Billionth Barrel Monument
The Billionth Barrel Monument is a monument located in Seria, Brunei.HistoryThe monument was built in 1991. It was commemorated by Hassanal Bolkiah on 18 July 1991. The ...

Oil & Gas Discovery Centre

Oil & Gas Discovery Centre
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Old Customs House

Old Customs House
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Pantai Seri Kenangan

Pantai Seri Kenangan
Pantai Seri Kenangan - literally, the "unforgettable beach" - is in Kuala Tutong in Tutong District.A popular recreation area just five-minutes drive from Tutong town, the beach's appeal is the ...

Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park

Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park
Tasek Merimbun Heritage Park is one of the ASEAN Heritage Parks in the Tutong District in Brunei.The 7,800-hectare Heritage Park is located about 32 kilometers south of the Tutong-Kuala Belait ...