Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Brunei Trip - Day 3

Travelling alone is quite exciting as you have to be on your own, you decide on what will matter more, time management will be your ultimate duty and for every failure, you can only blame yourself. On my last day in Brunei, I thought it will be more relax but I was absolutely wrong! It was so hot and was so tiring! Anyway, after I had my breakfast I went directly to the bus station to check on the bus that will take me to Jalan Istana Nurul Iman.


Istana Nurul Iman Palace is the official residence of the Sultan of Brunei. I think it is the equivalent of Malacanan Palace in Manila. It's name was taken from Arabic, meaning Palace of the Light of Faith. It is the largest residential palace in the world and was designed by Leandro V Locsin, a Philippine National Artist for Architecture and it was built by the Filipino firm, Ayala International. Tourists are only allowed to go inside during Ramadan - this info was told to me by a guard on the gate who was very friendly and accommodated me near the palace. I was also able to saw a prince entering the palace but I don't know who it was.


After that short trip, I returned to Bandar bus station to check on a bus that will bring me Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque in Kampong Kiarong. This mosque was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of His Majesty the Sultan's reign. This mosque is the largest and arguably the most significant in Brunei. When I arrived there, there were buses filled of tourists that also checked out the place. I was wearing shorts that time so I was required to wear this black long cloth as sign of respect to the place. The mosque was quite indeed a huge one and was beautifully built. The praying room was also big and can accommodate 3,000 people.


I made a quick lunch and proceeded next to Jerudong Park. It is an amusement park and the largest and most expensive amusement park in Southeast Asia built and funded by the Bruneian government for $1 billion. It is currently larger than the phase 1 of Hong Kong Disneyland. But I was told that the number of visitors slowly dropped for the last few years and due to this, the maintenance of the park was quite forgotten. Based on the latest updates, there were plans of upgrades and development and hopefully this will be pushed through because as I saw the place, it really needs attention.


The last place that I visited was the National Museum. The entrace was free and yeah, it was jam packed with golds! There were guards on each room and numerous cameras. The museum displays expensive jewelries from their great history. On the second floor was an exhibition of all ASEAN nations and I was delighted to see it because on my next trip, I will be completing ASEAN nations. To summarize my first solo trip, I learned a lot of tips and lessons that I will able to apply on my next trip. Brunei is such a nice place and if there's a chance, I will visit again this country.

2 comments:

Garry said...

day 3 is one of the best day in your trip because you have done much enjoyment in this day because i realized through the pics and article this day is memorable for you in your life i am at the tour of US new york greensboro

Garry said...

No doubt that Brunei is one of the best place for the enjoyment i was also enjoy there last year when i was at the tour of Brunei nice museum and all public places at this time i am at the tour of US buses from columbus to new york

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