The Capital, Bandar Seri Begawan has gone through various development and experienced rapid progress in the last 46 years. Infrastructure development and growth in terms of Arts and Culture have enabled Bandar Seri Begawan to be selected as the ASEAN City of Culture for 2016-2017, which serves as a recognition for the country.

And today marks 46 years since the name change from Bandar Brunei to Bandar Seri Begawan. To commemorate this occasion, we will bring you a review depicting the rapid growth that Bandar Seri Begawan has experienced. The 4th of October 1970 is an historic date for the country as the name Bandar Brunei was changed to Bandar Seri Begawan. The “Cendera Lambang Kenangan” or memorial which was built at the heart of the Capital serves as a memorial to commemorate the name change from Bandar Brunei. Since the name change, Bandar Brunei, which in the past was isolated from any development, has become a rapidly-growing and progressive city. Various changes can be seen in terms of landmarks, government and private buildings as well as business premises which have all served as tourist attractions. Bandar Seri Begawan continues to be the country’s administrative centre and still maintains the community’s tradition and heritage.

Bandar Seri Begawan experienced change in terms of size in August 2007. From an area of 287 hectares, it is now 10 thousand and 36 point 2-4 hectares in size, which is over 9 times its initial size. In line with current development, Bandar Seri Begawan has also not been exempted from experiencing rapid premier development. Old buildings have been given fresh new faces and replaced with new buildings such as the government department buildings, with more modern communications infrastructure.

A number of projects are also being actively carried out around the capital under the Bandar Seri Begawan Development Master Plan. Among them is the construction of a bridge crossing the Brunei River linking Jalan Residency and Mukim Sungai Kebun, the Jalan Residency widening project, as well as the regeneration project from Kuala Sungai Kedayan until the Edinburgh Bridge. The implementation of these projects will certainly help to beautify areas around Bandar Seri Begawan and change part of its landscape. These projects are also expected to catalyse the green concept of Bandar Seri Begawan as a “City in the Park”. This rapid development is in line with the residents’ economic growth.

The declaration of Bandar Seri Begawan as the ASEAN City of Culture for 2016-2017 proves that Bandar Seri Begawan possesses the beauty and cleanliness, rapid progress in various aspects and a way of life which is full of Bruneian tradition and heritage.

Source: Radio Television Brunei News.