Bandar Seri Begawan
October 3, 2017
The Royal Regalia Museum Building is a large gold-domed structure located in the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan, the state capital of Brunei. Established in 1992, the building has a profusion of exhibits related to the 25th commemoration of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah’s rule in the country. It was officially opened in September 30, 1992 by His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Originally, the father of the Sultan of Brunei called it as “Churchill’s Museum”, named after Winston Churchill. In 1992, it was changed to Royal Regalia Exhibition Hall to celebrate the 1992 Silver Jubilee of the Sultan’s coronation as King of Brunei.
A huge royal chariot is the main display at the entrance hall. It is a “gold-leafed winged chariot” used in the parade carrying the Sultan through the streets of the city in 1968 on the occasion of his silver jubilee celebration of coronation in 1992. The building also exhibits artifacts used for royal ceremonies in Brunei, such as gold and silver ceremonial weaponry, crowns embedded with jewels, ceremonial costumes, and the like.
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