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  1. 3. People and Culture of Brunei Brunei’s culture mainly derived from the Old Malay World, a territory which covered the Malay Archipelago. Brunei’s culture is therefore deeply rooted in its Malay origins, which are reflected in the nation’s language, architecture, ceremonies, and customs governing daily life. Though various foreign civilisations have played a role in forming Brunei’s rich history, the traditions of the Old Malay World have left an indelible mark on the culture of modern Brunei. Today, Bruneians are predominantly Malay, though significant Chinese, Indian and indigenous Bornean populations add to the cultural makeup of Brunei. Brunei’s blend of cultures, customs, beliefs and customs is therefore very similar to that of Malaysia. The nation’s official language is Malay, but English is widely spoken by most of the population, and most signs in the country are written in Roman script. If Malay traditions are Brunei’s cultural root, then Islam is its heart. The nation’s Malay Islamic Monarchy is a uniquely Bruneian blend combining the best of Malay culture with the teachings of Islam and a mutual respect between ruler and subjects. This national philosophy is aimed at forging a stronger sense of identity as well as fostering unity and stability, and it forms the backbone of Bruneian cultural identity. While Brunei is indeed a devoutly Muslim country, the national philosophy is one of respectful tolerance, allowing for the practice of other religions and beliefs. * ETHNIC GROUPS: Malay: 67%; Chinese: 15%, indigenous tribes: 6%; other: 12% * RELIGIONS: Islam (official): 67%; Buddhism: 13%; Christianity: 10%; indigenous beliefs and other: 10% Brunei, for all intensive purposes, is considered a very safe place to visit. It is important, however, to remember that the sultanate is considered an absolute monarchy set in a strict Islamic country. You must take special care to avoid violating any type of religious law or custom while you are visiting.
  2. 4. Brunei arerial
  3. 5. Modern architecture
  4. 6. Ttraditional architecture
  5. 7. The Empire Hotel in Brunei
  6. 8. Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque: is known locally as the Kiarong Mosque.
  7. 9. Jame'Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque: is known locally as the Kiarong Mosque.
  8. 10. Jame' Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque
  9. 11. For the 25th anniversary of the sultan's reign
  10. 12. Italian marble, English stained-glass, Venetian mosaics Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
  11. 13. Jame'Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque
  12. 14. Beautiful minarets Golden Dome
  13. 15. Gleaming Dome
  14. 16. Golden dome
  15. 18. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
  16. 19. Named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei
  17. 20. Omar Ali Mosque Brunei
  18. 21. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin
  19. 23. Built in 1958
  20. 24. Built in 1992
  21. 25. Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
  22. 26. Brunei Bandar Seri Begawan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque with stone boat and lagoon by day
  23. 27. Ceremonial stone boat
  24. 29. The "bersanding" ceremony is a remnant of Malay culture's pre-Islamic roots, but Muslim marriage prayers were also recited in keeping with the Sultanate's religion. After the ceremony, the couple drove in a gold open-topped Rolls Royce across the capital, followed by family and guests in more than 100 limousines. The enthusiasm of the crowd who turned out to line the streets was only slightly dampened by a tropical downpour during the parade. The ceremony was attended by the prime ministers of Malaysia and Singapore, the presidents of Indonesia and the Philippines and royalty from across Asia. The Duke of Gloucester represented Britain's Queen Elizabeth. Observers said the event was relatively low-key by Bruneian standards. The Sultan, who was once the world's richest man, has toned down royal pomp since his brother lost $16bn of state funds through financial mismanagement. The Crown Prince of the tiny oil-rich Sultanate of Brunei has married his 17-year-old bride in what is being called Asia's wedding of the year. (9 September, 2004 ) The glittering traditional Malay ceremony was attended by royalty and politicians from around the world. Two-thousand guests saw the 30-year-old Crown Prince, Al-Muhtadee Billah Bolkiah, marry Sarah Salleh. Thousands more lined the streets outside the palace, waiting for a glimpse of the couple. The groom's father, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, escorted his son to a gold throne on a dais, where he was joined by his bride. Prince Al-Muhtadee wore a gold crown and a traditional snake-bladed Malay dagger tucked into his sash.
  25. 33. Wedding
  26. 34. Sultan of Brunei's Palace (Istana Nurul Iman Palace)It is the largest residential palace in the world and the world's largest residence of any type.
  27. 35. The sultan's palace
  28. 36. Inside the Palace
  29. 37. Inside the Palace
  30. 38. Inside the Palace
  31. 39. Inside the Palace
  32. 40. Inside the Palace
  33. 41. Inside the Palace
  34. 42. Inside the Palace
  35. 43. Sultan's Palace - Istana Nurul Iman
  36. 44. Largest mosque in Brunei
  37. 45. Mosaic
  38. 46. Mosque on Brunei waterfront
  39. 47. National Mosque of Brunei
  40. 48. A Gleaming Dome at Sunset
  41. 50. Jerudong's Crystal Arch
  42. 51. A gift from the sultan to the people
  43. 52. It claims to be the biggest in the world
  44. 53. Sultan omar ali Saifuddin mosque Brunei
  45. 54. Palace in colours
  46. 55. Spring Festival
  47. 56. Jubilee Fountain
  48. 57. colours downtown
  49. 62. Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
  50. 65. Reflected in the lagoon
  51. 66. Minaret Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
  52. 67. Beautiful mosque by the river
  53. 69. Royal Regalia Museum
  54. 70. Tamu Kianggeh Food Market
  55. 71. Bazaar
  56. 72. Tudung Saji
  57. 73. Berakas Beach
  58. 74. The Empire Hotel
  59. 75. Temburong
  60. 76. Tasik Lama Fall Tasek Merimbun, Brunei's largest lake
  61. 77. Morning at Damuan
  62. 78. Floating garden
  63. 79. Kampung Ayer from the waterfront near customs wharf. Water taxis shuttle people back and forth between early morning and late evening The small village of Kampung Ayer is an incredible site to see. The people of Brunei refer to the area as the “Venice of the East,” and for good reason. You can only get to Kampung Ayer via a small footbridge or by boat.
  64. 80. The village is home to more than 30,000 people, many of whom live on small houses held up over the Brunei River with stilts. Visitors to the area can explore the fascinating architecture and get to know some of the members of this close-knit community. The wooden walkways connecting the houses bring this incredible historic community together.
  65. 81. The Water Village
  66. 82. Water village
  67. 84. Water village taxis
  68. 85. Streets of Kampung Ayer
  69. 86. Banana vendors
  70. 94. A presentation by Nubia Nubia _group@ yahoo . fr http://groups. yahoo . com /group/ Nubia _group/ http:// www . facebook . com / NubiaGroup You can keep listening to the music or press « ESC » to exit