Brunei is a tightly-knit, conservative community filled with warm politeness, evident in the way we speak, dress and carry ourselves. There are also hidden wonders in the vast expanses of the rainforests!
A phrase that Bruneians are very familiar when it comes to community is ‘gotong-royong’, which essentially means working together. There are regular events for ‘gotong-royong’ to help with the upkeep of community-based places, such as cleaning campaigns for schools, mosques and town halls.
Brunei Arts and Handicraft Training Centre
The centre was established to preserve and revive the traditional arts and handicraft industry, and possesses some of the best examples of the nation’s handicrafts. Don’t miss the chance to view Brunei’s famous brocades, the ‘kain tenunan’, woven with golden and silver threads.
Kampong Ayer Cultural and Tourism Gallery
Located in, you guessed it, Kampong Ayer, this unique gallery, which was opened in 2009, provides a glimpse into the village’s past and focuses on the history, lifestyle and crafts of the Kampong Ayer people.
Malay Technology Museum
This museum offers an in-depth look at the traditional lifestyle of Brunei’s ethnic groups and their ways of old. Showcasing multifarious exhibitions including model houses of the Murut, Kedayan, Dusun and Penan people as well as ancestral weaponry, hunting tools and crafts that are still being practised in Kampong Ayer.