People have 3 cars. One for work, one for weekend and one for traveling. (from bus).
Homes on way into town were large and modern. (from bus).
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque from the road.
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque from the front gates.
Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. It is the first state mosque that can accommodate 3,000 worshipers.
The rear of Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. This is the main mosque used for religious state activites and royal coronationation ceremonies.
Replica of 16th century barge named Mahligai. Built to commemorate the 1400th celebration of Nuzul Al-Quran.
Shoes must be removed before entering the Mosque.
There are always a few in every crowd.
Official park used for parades, Independence Day Celebrations and other festivities. Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in background. (from bus).
Yayason Shopping Complex, largest collection of shopping facilities in Brunei.
Interior of Yayason Shopping Complex.
Kampong Ayer is an area of 42 water villages. It is the largest water village area in the world and is a national heritage site. Bridge behind the village.
The area is home to 20,000 residents and has 19 schools.
At one time Kampong Ayer was Brunei's major port area.
The Sultan's private entrance to Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkniah Mosque grounds.
Looking from his majesty's gate to his private entrance to the mosque.
The Sultan's private entrance into the Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque.
The public entrance to Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque. Smaller dome on left is Women's Chapel and larger dome on right is Men's Chapel.
The Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque accommodates 5,000 people... 3,000 people in Men's Chapel, 500 in Women's Chapel and 1,500 on the outside.
Women's Chapel from entrance.
Women were required to put on the black robes (Harry Potter coats as the guide called them) before entering the chapels.
The 5 pillars of the fountain represent the five pillars of Islam.
Stairs leading up to the chapels.
Royal Palace from Dumuan Park. This is the largest residential palace in the world with 1, 788 rooms.
Dumuan Park was created to feature these sculptures given to Brunei by the Asian countries when Brunei joined them. It is also an ideal spot to see the roofline of the Royal Palace.
8 Lembing (spears with brass band and 9 Taming (shields) carried by 8 Awang-Awang (Aristocrats).
House in the city. Families have an average of 6 children. $350,000 will buy a huge house in Brunei. (from bus).
Part of Lobby of Empire Hotel and Country Club.
Sultan of Brunei (29th) and the Queen of Brunei (1st wife). These pictures hang in the lobby of The Empire Hotel.
Interior shot of Empire Hotel owned by Sultan of Brunei. Looking out toward pool and South China Sea.
Our guide told us that everything that glittered was in fact real gold.
Family checking into Empire Hotel. The oldest son was very happy to have his picture taken and mugged for the camera.
More leaf texture.
Small banquet hall at Jerudong Polo Club, the Sultan's personal club. The club is open to the public. This hall has a capacity to seat 500.
Swimming pool at Jerudong Polo Club.
The Sultan has a stable of 300 horses. They are Arabian and Argentinian stock.
Royal Regalia Center built in 1992 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of His Majesty's ascension to the throne.
The Sultan rode in this chariot for his coronation. It is carried by 24 men in the front and 24 ment in the back.
Forty umbrellas in yellow and red were carried by Orang Muda-Muda (the youngs) during the coronation parade..
Forty Awang-Awang (Aristocrats) carried multicolored umbrellas (8 each in yellow, white, green, black and red).
The eight lit Dian Alam Bernaga (candles) are placed before the throne when the Sultan sits on the throne.
The 16 Tumbak Benderangan (Royal Ceremonial spears) plated in gold and silver are worn by Awang-Awang (Aristocrats) dressed in ceremonial attire.
The Awang-Awang (Aristocrats) carry gold shields and swords with gold, silver and brass bands on the hilt.
The Sultan's personal crest. Allah rules above all, followed by the Sultan (crown) who pledges to protect people with honor and dignity (umbrella, wings), his written pledge as well as his pledge to provide for his people (rice sheafs).
Housing given to teachers... 3 bedroom, 3 bath and maid's quarters with bath. (from bus).