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Daily Travel Photo – Bandar Seri Begwan, Brunei


Slum in Bandar Seri Begwan, Brunei

Slum in Bandar Seri Begwan, Brunei

One of the most beautiful buildings I’ve seen on my trip is the Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Brunei. Directly across the street is this. A dump of plastic bottles and slum houses on stilts. I literally just rotated the camera on my tripod and didn’t move the legs at all to take this photo. This is about a mile away from the Royal Palace where the Sultan of Brunei, one of the richest men in the world, lives.

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  1. bruneian says:

    yes that's true. the people who live in that place are relatively quite wealthy, those ramshackle-looking houses actually look different inside and they have satellite dishes and cable tv! it's just that the people feel too comfortable to change things too much.

  2. Felicity says:

    That's a picture of the older part of Kampung Ayer. Despite efforts to clean up the area, littering is still rampant amongst those living in the Kampung.

    The people living in the kampung aren't exactly poor either, most of them live there because of the house been passed from one generation to another. (Being one of the historial sites in Brunei, this is generally encouraged.)

    Many of the residents who lives there today owns other houses, shops and works in comfortable jobs.

  3. borzack says:

    Can you post the picture of Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque?

  4. Only the Sultan is one of the richest man in the world. His subject are just ordinary like us.

  5. Mike says:

    It’s too bad you didn’t take a panoramic shot, or several that you could stich together, to show the juxtapositon of the wealth and the poverty.

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