Photographer's Note

The past few months Paul Vandervorst (PaulVDV) has posted photos from Brunei, a Sultanate on northern Borneo. Last week he noted that the last 18 photos from Brunei on TE, covering an entire page, were all his. He expressed a wish to see someone else soon uploading another photo that would make the page not only his own.

I decided to accept the challenge and Paul has welcomed my intrusion on his page.

This is the view I found in October 1976 from the minaret of the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (built in the 1950's) in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan. In those days visitors could go to the top of the minaret by air-conditioned elevator, unfortunately no longer possible.

What we see here is the 'Kampong Ayer', or Water Village, of houses built on stilts in a river. I didn't remember now that this was just a small part of the village. To my surprise and confusion I found from Paul's photos and descriptions that this part no longer exists. It has has been replaced by a large park, as shown in this photo:


Today's remaining Kampong Ayer, much larger than the one I saw, is a short distance away.

You can see the mosque in this photo, also by Paul:


or in this badly scanned photo I took in 1976:


Another view from the minaret, showing a part of the modern city, is in the WS. Another WS will show you a glimpse of the mosque.

My photos were all scanned from Kodachrome slides. (Paul's were obviously not.)

I will remain in Brunei for another few uploads.

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