Bandar Seri Begawan

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Bandar Seri Begawan
بندر سري بڬاوان
Nickname(s): 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
Destrict Brunei Muara
 • Ceety 100.36 km2 (38.75 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Ceety 200,000
 • Density 1,395/km2 (3,610/sq mi)
 • Urban 276,608
 • Demonym Begawanese
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 being Bandar Brunei. Begawan is a name given 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 gave consent for the extension o Bandar Seri Begawan frae 12.87 square kilometres tae 100.36 square kilometres.