Sultan Bolkiah Mausoleum

This mausoleum is dedicated to one of Brunei’s greatest sultans, Sultan Bolkiah, who ruled Brunei from 1485–1524. His mausoleum houses a tomb made of exquisitely carved hard basaltic stone. It is located at Kota Batu.

His Majesty, the fifth sultan of Brunei, is credited with enlarging his country’s territories to its greatest extent – but the most striking thing about the great Sultan is that, according to reports, he gained his territories not through war by through diplomacy and negotiations.

Another thing the good sultan was known for was his love of music. Able to play both the drum and the lute, he was fondly called Nakhoda Ragam, or “the Singing Captain.”

It is said that as he matured in age, the sultan began preparing royal tombs in different parts of his country so that, should his time come while he was at sea, there would always be a nearby site in which to inter his body.

 Royal Regalia Museum

The Royal Regalia Museum is one of Brunei’s most famous museums. It was built in 1992 in commemoration of the 25th year of His Majesty’s reign. It is found right at the heart of the capital, Bandar Seri Begawan.

The museum is a multistory structure, and not all the floors are open to the public, but the ones that are publicly accessible are quite impressive enough to let you forget about those floors that you are not allowed to enter.

One of the biggest crowd drawers in the museum is the grand royal chariot – a large, glittering, gilded, ornate vehicle that is used to carry the newly crowned sultan during the coronation day parade.

If the chariot does not dazzle you enough, the crowns will. The museum showcases a wide assortment of bejeweled crowns – the actual crowns used during the coronation ceremonies of the sultans of Brunei.

A gold-and-silver ceremonial armor and a copy of the sultan’s throne are also parts of the exhibit.

Jerudong Park Playground

Built in 1994 at a staggering cost of $1 billion, Jerudong Park Playground is definitely one of Southeast Asia’s most expensive theme parks. On its first years of operation, it featured free admission and free rides. There were carousels, bump cars, roller coasters – everything any state-of-the-art billion-dollar amusement park could be expected to have.

In recent years, things have been a little different. While entrance to the park is still free, paid tickets are now required to access the rides – and there aren’t quite as many rides left in the park.

After the heady excitement of its first years had worn off, Jerudong Park Playground today is a quieter, more subdued place. People go there for picnics and maybe a Frisbee or football game. It is a park to visit when you’re seeking to avoid the crowds of regular tourist spots.

On Sundays, families come here to play in the clean and spacious grounds; it is still one of the largest parks you can find in Southeast Asia. If you want to enjoy the rides, you can choose among the carousel, the train, and the go carts. There is hardly ever any need to queue up.

At night, you may catch a concert from local or international bands. And at 8:30 every day, you can see one of the parks greatest attractions today, the bright and colorful musical fountain show, which features songs from Disney, Michael Jackson, and Ricky Martin.

 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium

The Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium was built in commemoration of His Majesty Sultan Haji

Omar Ali Saifuddin’s 70th birthday. In line with the commemoration, the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium held its first football match on the evening of its opening day, in 1983.

Football, however, is not the only game played in this stadium. With its advanced facilities such as the Sports Medicine and Research Centre, the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium also caters to everyday joggers as well as to athletes undergoing extensive training.

In 1999, the Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah Stadium became the venue for the 20th Southeast Asian Games.

Serasa Watersports Complex

If you’re a water sports enthusiast, then Serasa is the place for you.

The Serasa Watersports Complex entices watersport lovers with its fully equipped world-class facilities. Here, you can indulge in windsurfing, jet skiing, kayaking, power boat racing, regatta sailing and other water sports.

In 1999, during the 20th Southeast Asian Games, the water sports competitions were held in this complex.

You don’t need to be a world-class athlete, though, to enjoy the place. Whether you’re a novice or expert, you’ll find something here that is suitable for your skill level.

 

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