Friday, February 27, 2009

Brunei - Bandar Seri Begawan (BN-367)

This is the card with lowest postcrossing ID that I've received so far :) It shows the Jalan Sultan street in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei Darussalam. It's one of those countries that I have nearly no idea about... Of course, I know it's a small country located in the Northern part of Borneo island. But I don't know much about it's history and culture :(
The street on this card is decorated for the occassion of Sultan's 61th birthday.


Bandar Seri Begawan, (Malay: Bandar Seri Begawan, Jawi: بندر سري بگاوان ) estimated population 27,285 (as of 2002), is the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei.

Habitation on the banks of the Brunei River can be traced back to the 7th century where there had been settlements similar to those in Kampong Ayer, located on areas close to the present site of the Brunei Museum.

Seri Begawan was named after the Sultan's late father Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien on October 5, 1970, its original name being Bandar Brunei. Begawan is a name given to Bruneian monarchs who have abdicated, originally coming from the Sanskrit word for "god"). Bandar, comes from Persian بندر and means "port" or "haven" (bandar means "town" in Malay).

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