Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Cruise Port

Bandar Seri Begawan was formerly known as Banda Brunei or Brunei town. It is the largest city and capital of the Sultanete of Brunei. The city has a population of roughly 20,000. The metropolitan area has a population of approximately 279,924. Most of the Bruneians are Malays and the Chinese are regarded as the most significant minority group. There are many foreigners that work in the area. Humans started settling at Brunei as early as the 6th and 7th centuries. The fishing port and Malay trading center were situated near the site of the city. Brunei has a tropical rainforest climate which is hot and wet. The city experiences heavy precipitation most of the year. In 2010, March was the hottest month whereas December was the coldest one. Below are some of the features and interesting aspects that make it ideal to visit the Bandar Seri Begawan port:
 
  • Istana Nurul Iman is the seat of the government. According to the Guinness World Records, it is the biggest residential palace in the whole world. Its size, role, significance and popularity are just some of the reasons to visit it.
     
  • One of the best places to visit is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. It was built in the year 1958. It features an interior that is made of carpeting, and Italian marble walls. The mosque is regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.
     
  • The Lapau or The Royal Ceremonial Hall is a historical site worth visiting that is located in the city. The hall is mainly used for the royal traditional ceremonies. The throne of the sultan and the interior of the hall are decorated in gold.
     
  • The Arts and Handicraft Centre is an ideal establishment to learn about the fine arts and crafts of Brunei. It was opened back in 1980 and has been instrumental in passing some skills and knowledge that date back centuries. It conducts courses in basketry, silverware, brassware, songkok making and woodcarving.
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