Bandar Seri Begawan

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Bandar Seri Begawan

بندر سري بڬاوان
Bandar or BSB
Bandar Seri Begawan is located in Brunei
Bandar Seri Begawan
Bandar Seri Begawan
Coordinates: 4°53′25″N 114°56′32″E / 4.89028°N 114.94222°E / 4.89028; 114.94222Coordinates: 4°53′25″N 114°56′32″E / 4.89028°N 114.94222°E / 4.89028; 114.94222
Kintra Brunei
DestrictBrunei Muara
 • City100.36 km2 (38.75 sq mi)
 • City200,000
 • Density1395/km2 (3,610/sq mi)
 • Urban
 • Demonym
Time zoneUTC+8
Area code(s)+673 02
Mean solar time   UTC+07:39:00

Bandar Seri Begawan, (Jawi: بندر سري بڬاوان ) is the caipital an lairgest ceety o the Sultanate o Brunei.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Habitation on the banks o the Brunei River can be traced back tae the 7t century whaur thare haed been settlements seemilar tae those in Kampong Ayer, locatit on auries close tae the present site o the Brunei Museum.

Seri Begawan wis named efter the Sultan's late faither Sir Omar Ali Saifuddien on 5 October 1970, its oreeginal name bein Bandar Brunei. Begawan is a name gien tae Bruneian monarchs who hae abdicatit, oreeginally comin frae the Sanskrit wird for "god": भगवान bhagavān. Seri an aa comes frae the honorific Sanskrit wird Sri. Bandar, comes frae Persian بندر via Indian leids an means "port" or "haven" (bandar means "toun" in Malay).

On 1 August 2007, The Sultan o Brunei gae consent for the extension o Bandar Seri Begawan frae 12.87 square kilometres tae 100.36 square kilometres.