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 civilizations 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.
One will find that Bruneian fare generally exudes a unique flavour of cultural fusion due to the
influence of the various nations that have left their mark on Brunei’s culture. Arab, Indian and
Chinese traders, European explorers and, of course, Malay and indigenous Bornean peoples have
each introduced their own cooking styles and ingredients, adding to the masterful fusion that
makes Brunei’s cuisine memorable.
Brunei Darussalam is richly endowed with a cultural
heritage that the government and the people have worked
tirelessly to maintain. The nation’s Arts and Handicraft
Centre, for example, is a living testimony to the
preservation and the proliferation of the arts and crafts for
which Brunei was once renowned, including boat making,
silversmithing, bronze tooling, weaving and basketry.
Visitors will also find Malay weaponry, wood carvings,
traditional games, traditional musical instruments, silat
(the traditional art of self defenses) and decorative items
for women to be some of Brunei’s most unique cultural
The introduction of Islam, of course, also dramatically
changed Brunei’s cultural landscape, adding its own
distinct artistic forms. The nation’s mosques and other
Islamic sites of importance are all works of art in
themselves, and many contain some of the most striking
examples of Islamic arts that can be found outside the
Arab world. Examples include gilded Holy Korans,
ceremonial items and the intricate mosaics that adorn
several monuments throughout the nation’s four districts.
Adventure activies: mountain biking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing,
sport fishing, wreck and reef diving in the South China Sea, to jungle hiking on well-maintained
trails, the ecotourism and adventure options in Brunei are endless.
Less than 27km from Bandar Seri Begawan’s town centre, Muara Beach’s long, quiet esplanade
invites leisurely strolling and is an ideal destination for a family outing. Amenities here include a
well-equipped picnic area, a children’s playground, changing and toilet facilities, as well as
weekend food and drink stalls.
Near the Jalan Meragang junction off the highway to Muara lies Meragang Beach — sometimes
called Crocodile Beach. Despite the name, you’ll encounter no such creature along this peaceful,
unspoilt stretch of sand — only a warm sea breeze, a brilliant sunset or a double rainbow.
A mere 10-minute drive from Muara, lively Serasa Beach is a haven for water sports enthusiasts.
The Serasa Watersports Complex provides comprehensive facilities for sporting and recreational
activities that are up to international competition level standards, including jet skiing, kayaking,
windsurfing, regatta sailing, power boat racing, aqua sports training and water skiing.
Pantai Seri Kenangan Beach
Literally the unforgettable beach, this scenic locale is a popular recreation spot located at Kuala
Tutong. Here, the beauty of the beach is enhanced by a narrow strip of land with the South China
Sea on one side and the Tutong River on the other. The beach is a five minute drive from Tutong
town and is a lovely spot for picnics, fishing and swimming.
Lumut Beach For those who prefer a day of sun and sand while in Belait, Lumut Beach
beckons. Located about 100km from Seria’s town centre, it offers complete facilities for
picnicking, jogging and family outings. Added features here are the huts and shelters especially
designed for visitor relaxation.