MD KHAIRUDDIN PG HARUN
April 14, 2015
Royal Regalia museum recorded more than 1,600 visitors since it
extended opening hours for the royal wedding from April 5-12, said
its chief attendant.
an interview with The
Dk Nurkhirunnisa Pg Hj Metussin said more Bruneians visited the
museum during the royal wedding celebrations for His Royal Highness
Prince ‘Abdul Malik and YAM Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran
Raabi’atul ‘Adawiyyah Pg Hj Bolkiah.“Only
a few of tourists visited the building. They usually come in the
morning,” she said.
museum extended its opening hours from 9am to 10pm during the royal
wedding festivities period. It normally operates from 9am to 5pm.
said media dissemination on the extended opening hours had attracted
first-timers to learn more about the royal exhibition galleries. Dk
Nurkhirunnisa said most visitors comprised family members who were
interested to learn more about the artefacts used during royal
wedding ceremonies and to educate their children about Brunei’s
Wahab Jahat, who works for the Public Works Department, said the
extended operating hours gave him the opportunity to bring his family
to visit the exhibition galleries. Abd
Wahab and his wife brought their four children to visit the
exhibition as a way of educating them about Brunei’s royal customs.
children would have a better idea on what to write for their essay
homework, such as attractive places to visit in the country, he said.
Kahdzierin, a resident from Kg Berakas, said most of the artefacts in
the building have not been replaced or moved since he first visited
when he was still a student in 1991.
said items that accompanied the royal chariot during the royal
procession such as changkah
two-pronged spear) and sinipit (decorated
spears) were among the regalia which are still on the same spot more
than 20 years ago. “I
still remember when I was in primary school when my teacher brought
the pupils to visit this building. The replicas are still on the same
spot. It is amazing. It brings back memories,” said Halfa. He
said photographs of His Majesty with the late Sultan showed the
loving relationship between father and son, who together brought
prosperity to the country.
shows companionship. You need to look at it yourself. Only then can
you understand,” said Halfa.
Gani, a resident from Kg Saba Darat ‘B’, visited the royal
galleries for the first time after he was asked by his eight-year-old
son asked me and my wife to visit the building because his school
teacher told him about the interesting exhibits. I think Bruneians
should appreciate more about the cultural artefacts of Brunei. I only
learned about the royal regalia when I’m 50,” he said.
Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, the
Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, launched the Royal
Regalia museum in 1992.
was designed to incorporate various characteristics of the Malay
Islamic Monarchy ideology and house royal regalia items used in
coronation ceremonies or weddings.
exhibition galleries consist of the Royal Regalia Exhibition
(Coronation 1968), Royal Exhibition Gallery, Silver Jubilee
Exhibition Gallery, and the History and the Development of
Constitution of Brunei Darussalam Exhibition Gallery.
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