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ATTRACTIONS in Brunei Muara

Several places of attraction can be discovered in Brunei Muara district which includes natural, cultural, built and cruise attraction

KAMPONG AYER

(Cultural & Cruise Attraction)

Kampong Ayer is a historical traditional stilt village which is often called the Venice of the East because of its floating houses built on the Brunei River. One of the activities that you should never miss is to take a boat ride around Kampong Ayer. If you’re lucky, the uncle might give you some discounts. When you hop in, it is advisable to check for the boat license on the side of the boat and make sure there are life jackets on board. Remember, safety first!

Photo courtesy from The Scoop

Don’t forget to drop by Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery at Kampong Lurong Sikuna to get insights about Kampong Ayer. You can also walk to House Jabal Rahmah (Colorful House) at Kampong Bakut Berumput to get mesmerized by the bright and vibrant colours. The last stop of your Kampong Ayer trip is Kampong Peramu where you can meet Awang Osman Bin Haji Besar, a prawn cracker maker where the dough is a mixture of fresh prawns and tapioca flour that are thinly sliced and then dried in the sun on rattan trays. Keropok udang or prawn cracker is one of Bruneians favourite snacks so you must try it out!

Photo courtesy from The Brunei Times
Photo courtesy from Cheryl Ong
Photo courtesy from The Scoop
Photo courtesy from Khong Katesorn

Additional Information:

Place

Visiting Hours

Contact Number

Address

Extra Info

Kampong Ayer Cultural & Tourism Gallery

Daily : 9am – 5 pm

Friday: 9am – 11.30am , 2.30 pm – 5 pm

Public holiday: closed

(Last admission: 30 mins before closing time)

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Take a water taxi from the Royal Wharf to get to the gallery which only costs no more than B$1.00 per person for a one-way trip. Entrance to the gallery is FREE.

House of Jabal Rahmah (Colorful House)

Exterior open all year round, however, it is a private residence and hence please make sure not to make loud noises or disturb the residents.

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#19, Kampong Bakut Berumput

Entrance is FREE.

Prawn Cracker Maker

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The prawn maker sell 300 g pack of prawn crackers for BND 5.00.

PROBOSCIS MONKEY TOUR

(Natural & Cruise Attraction)

You can also enjoy a river cruise along the Brunei River followed by a Proboscis Monkey Tours approximately 3 hours rides. Make sure to keep your eyes open! If you’re lucky you might get a selfie with him. Only the island of Borneo is the abode to the endangered Proboscis Monkey. This popular journey brings you on a relaxing ride through the mangroves in search of these prestigious primates, while the guide highlights the pristine surroundings of the Nipah Palm and Mangrove forests.

Photo courtesy from Brunei Tourism & Royal Brunei Airlines

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MUSEUMS

(Cultural Attraction)

Museums are structures that display a variety of artistic, cultural, historical, traditional, and scientific objects with a wide source of information. It not only imparts knowledge but also familiarises us with the country’s history, culture, civilization, religion, art, and architecture. Many items at the museum are accessible to the public which help us understand how ancient people lived, what they utilised, and what they manufactured. Thus, museums are often known as “storehouse of history.” In Brunei there are several museums that visitors or often go to which are the Royal Regalia MuseumMalay Technology Museum and Brunei Maritime Museum.

ROYAL REGALIA MUSEUM

This museum was previously known as the Royal Regalia Building which is also located in the capital of Brunei Darussalam. If you are into history or royal artifacts, this museum is the right stop for you. Even if you do not, you might be surprised to see what is displayed here. 

Photo courtesy from Brunei Tourism

This museum features the Sultan’s entire royal regalia, as well as displays highlighting the existing monarch’s reign’s Silver and Golden Jubilee celebrations. The collections range from royal gifts, relics, a replica of the throne room and various historical artifacts of the royal family. The magnificence of Brunei’s past is displayed in this museum as well.

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Monday – Thursday : 9 am – 5 pm

Friday: 9 am – 11.30 am

Saturday – Sunday : 9 am – 5 pm

Contact Number

+673 224 4545

Social Media

MALAY TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM

Malay Technology Museum officially opened on February 29, 1988 by His Majesty Paduka Seri Baginda Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Photo courtesy from Jabatan Muzium-Muzium

The museum showcases a variety of traditional technologies used by residents of Kampong Ayer and the local community living in the land area. The displays cover everything from the architecture of boat making and silversmithing, and feature some of Brunei’s most popular traditional handicrafts including kain tenunan (woven cloth), gold, and brassware.

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm

Saturday: 9.45 am – 5 pm

Friday: 2.30 pm – 5 pm

Contact Number

N/A

Social Media

Entrance Fee

FREE

MARITIME MUSEUM

This Maritime Museum is a historical maritime repository that exhibits handicrafts and artifacts from many eras. The concept structure of this museum consists of a front view of a ship which reflects Brunei Darussalam’s past engagement as a trading center. This museum has 3 galleries which are the Brunei’s Shipwreck, the Brunei Maritime Golden Age Gallery and the Archaeological Heritage Sites Gallery. 

Photo courtesy from Brunei Tourism

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Saturday – Thursday: 9 am – 5 pm

Friday: 9 am – 11.30 am, 2.30 pm – 5 pm

Contact Number

+673 224 0083

Social Media

Entrance Fee

FREE

TAMU KIANGGEH

(Built & Cultural Attraction)

What’s interesting about Tamu Kianggeh is that it has its own history as it is the oldest market in the country, which has been operating since the 1960s, namely as a national heritage. Apart from being a place that sells various types of vegetables, cakes and handicrafts of the villagers, Tamu Kianggeh is also a popular place for photographers and travelers.

Photo courtesy from Brunei Tourism

Additional Information:

Opening Hours

Everyday: 8 am – 5.30 pm

(Recommended every Friday morning)

Contact Number

N/A

ISTANA NURUL IMAN

(Built attraction)

Istana Nurul Iman, the world’s largest residential palace, refers to “Palace of the Light of Faith” (Arabic Nurul Iman) in Malay. The palace was completed in two years, just in time for Brunei’s independence from the United Kingdom on January 1, 1984. Its construction cost more than one billion dollars. Visitors usually go here as they are allowed to take a picture outside the big gate of Istana Nurul Iman. 

Photo courtesy from istananuruliman.org

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Opens 24 hours

Contact Number

+673 862 3734 

+673 238 2822

+673 238 2832

Extra Info

Visitors or tourist can only enter the palace during 3 days of Hari Raya Aidilfitri

TAMAN MAHKOTA JUBLI EMAS

(Built attraction)

Brunei’s new 12-hectare riverfront park, the Sungai Kedayan Eco-Corridor, was named “Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas” by the His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzadin Waddaulah, the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on October 22, 2017. The park’s landscaped grass, colourful tulips, and majestic baobab trees, all set against the majestic background of Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Mosque, are open to the public. The Eco-Corridor is a reconstruction project aimed at revitalizing Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB).

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Opens 24 hours

Entrance Fee

FREE

Extra Info

Every Sunday there will be a Bandarku Ceria here and in Taman SOAS as well, where you can spend your time and have several activities with your family. Its a place where people go for a sport activity such as jogging. 

JOYFUL GARDEN, SUBOK

(Built attraction)

Joyful Garden is a pleasant retreat that is much appreciated, designed with love to cultivate joy. The enchanting garden is home to a variety of plants and is accented with wooden swings, charming gazebos, and Chinese-inspired furnishings. The garden, which is popularly known, intends to give happiness to visitors from all walks of life while also encouraging wellness and well-being. Wilson Lim, the owner of the Joyful Garden built this to honour his late wife who died of cancer back in 2012 as he wanted memories of her to live on through the existence of this garden in a way of giving joy to others.

Photo courtesy from The Bruneian

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Daily: 8 am – 11.30 am, 1 pm – 5.30 pm

Wednesday: closed

Contact Number

+673 877 2433

Entrance Fee

FREE

Social Media

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MOSQUES

(Cultural & Built Attraction)

The Jame’ Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien (SOAS) Mosque and the Ash-Shaliheen Mosque are the three most iconic mosques in Brunei Darussalam. The Ash-Shaliheen Mosque is one of the country’s most technological places of worship compared to the other two.

 

Rules before entering the mosque:

Appropriate clothes (no sleeveless shirts for men & women to cover up all skin)

No food and drinks

Footwear should be remove

Keep silent 

JAME ASR’ HASSANIL BOLKIAH MOSQUE

Photo courtesy from The Strait Times

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Saturday – Wednesday: 

  • 8.30 am – 12 pm 
  • 1.30 pm – 3 pm 
  • 4.30 pm – 5 pm

Sunday: 10.30 am – 12 pm & 2 pm – 3 pm

Thursday & Friday: Closed

Contact Number

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SULTAN OMAR ALI SAIFUDDIEN MOSQUE

Photo courtesy from Brunei Tourism

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Saturday – Wednesday: 

  • 8.30 am – 12 pm 
  • 1.30 pm – 3 pm 
  • 4.30 pm – 5 pm

Thursday & Friday: Closed

Contact Number

N/A

ASH SHALIHEEN MOSQUE

Photo courtesy from Hello Travel

Additional Information:

Visiting Hours

Thursday – Sunday : Open 24 hours 

Friday : Closed during Friday prayers

Monday – Wednesday : Closed

Contact Number

N/A

BEACHES

(Natural Attraction)

Brunei Muara is a welcome sight for visitors who come to this small but beautiful country. This district has a mystical beauty, thanks to the numerous amazing tourist attractions within the city. That isn’t all, though as this lavish nation is endowed with a plethora of beautiful beaches that attract tourists attention! Some of the popular beaches that are recommended to visit are muara beach, serasa beach, berakas beach, jerudong beach, meragang beach and tanjung batu in muara. Smooth sand and beautiful waters characterize nearly all of the beaches in this peaceful country, contributing to their growing popularity.

MUARA BEACH

Photo courtesy from Lance Thoo

Additional Information:

Opening Hours

Daily: 6 am – 6 pm

Extra Info

Facilities available:

  • 1.2KM Jogging / Cycling / Walking track
  • Prayer room
  • Toilets
  • Playground
  • Skateboard area
  • Volleyball field
  • Beach football field
  • 20 Shelters with BBQ Pits
  • Information centre
  • Shower areas
  • Reflexology Area
  • Camping site

SERASA BEACH

Photo courtesy from Desti Map

Additional Information:

Opening Hours

Daily: 7.30 am – 6 pm

Extra Info

Facilities available:

  • 40 stalls
  • Prayer room
  • Toilet
  • Carparks
  • Children Playground
  • Fitness Area
  • Cycling / Walking Track
  • Shelters with BBQ pits

BERAKAS BEACH

Photo courtesy from Surya Junior

Additional Information:

Opening Hours

Daily: 7.30 am – 6 pm

Extra Info

Facilities available:

  • Children Playground
  • Prayer room
  • Toilet
  • Carparks
  • Chalet
  • Cycling / Walking Track
  • BBQ Area

JERUDONG BEACH

Photo courtesy from Pinterest

Additional Information:

Opening Hours

Daily: 7.30 am – 6 pm

Extra Info

Facilities available:

  • Picnic area
  • Carparks
  • Fishing area
  • Cycling / Walking Track

TANJUNG BATU IN MUARA

Photo courtesy from The Brunei Times

Additional Information:

Opening Hours

Daily: 7.30 am – 6 pm

Extra Info

Facilities available:

  • Picnic area
  • Food stalls
  • Carparks
  • Fishing area
  • Cycling / Walking Track
  • Bicycle renting facilities

MERAGANG BEACH

Photo courtesy from Brunei Desi

Additional Information:

Opening Hours

Daily: 7.30 am – 6 pm

Extra Info

Facilities available:

  • Picnic area
  • Carparks
  • Fishing area
  • Cycling / Walking Track