The Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures
Bandar Seri Begawan (BSB) formerly (until 1970) known as Brunei Town, is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, named in the honour of the late Sultan of Brunei Darussalam. Seri Begawan, known as "blessed one" in Sanskrit, was a title of the late Sultan of the country whereas Bandar means City in Malay.
Bruneians are characterised by their friendliness and peacefulness and Brunei Darussalam is a charming place with a little slice of vintage that speaks to the Bruneian love of leisure and nostalgia. The city lies along the Brunei River near its mouth on Brunei Bay, an inlet of the South China Sea on the northern coast of the island of Borneo. Bandar Seri Begawan was once predominantly an agricultural trade centre and river port. After suffering extensive damage during World War II, it was largely rebuilt and became the country’s administrative and financial centre, with a port at the nearby mouth of the Muara River.
Located on the main road running southwestward along Borneo’s coast to Seria and Kuala Belait, Bandar Seri Begawan is home to Brunei’s only international airport. It also has ferry terminals offering service to neighbouring ports. Bandar Seri Begawan has been declared as the Asean City of Culture 2016-2017.