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“Beautiful Crafted Arts From Many Countries Gifted to the Sultan” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Regalia Museum

Royal Regalia Museum
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Owner description: A tribute to the sultan and the grand trappings of Royalty, this museum is a highlight of any trip to Brunei. The main gallery presents an impressive recreation of the coronation of His Majesty The Sultan, displaying the gilded carriage which carried the newly crowned Sultann through the streets of the capital city, along with gold and silver ceremonial armour. The Royal Exhibition Gallery showcases a selection of Royal Regalia from His Majesty's childhood days up to the time of his coronation, such as jewel-encrusted crowns, thrones, garments and His Majesty's revered silver Keris (dagger). The Silver Jubilee Gallery celebrates the mark of His Majesty's 25th ruling year. Here, one can view film footage of the auspicious event, amongst other Royal Regalia that made an appearance during the occasion. There is also the Constitutional History Gallery, which houses documents, photographs, film and recordings, and a gallery devoted to the life of His Majesty The Sultan up to the time of his coronation. Opening Hours : Sat-Thu, 9am-4:30pm , Fri 9am-11:30am, 2:30pm-4:30pm Shoes are to be removed before entering
Singapore, Singapore
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“Beautiful Crafted Arts From Many Countries Gifted to the Sultan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

As its name says, there are many regalia art works here. Large solid gold ceremonial shields, bejeweled crowns and jewel encrusted swords, gold lions, and other coronation objects d'art are displayed with multiple language signs. You must check your bags, phones, and cameras. Really wish I could have taken photos as the creativity, skills, mastery of precious metal work, ceramics, porcelains, stone, basket, textile, and furniture crafting are extraordinary. The Thai porcelain alone was worth my visit.
Seeing what different countries gifted the Sultan is interesting. Laos gave fabric dolls representing their hill tribes, while Japan gave exquisite red crane porcelain works of art. There are many gold and silver works. A unique furniture setting had real tiger fur as the coverings. My husband and I felt sad at least two tigers were killed for those pieces. Two huge elephant tusks held up within beautifully carved and painted wood structures were incredible. Many oil paintings of the Sultan and oils and mixed media of a variety of subjects hang on the walls. One large room uniquely displayed "troops" during the coronation parade along with life-sized color photos around the perimeter of the room of the actual people and children there at this parade. Many of the people are grown up with children of their own now and, certainly, many have died. What a remarkable legacy for these families. This museum has much to see, especially if you appreciate various art forms. Critics may say "such a waste!" but this is etiquette for heads of states to present rulers with lavish and expensive gifts. At least the public can enjoy these art works.
Two small tables had tops of inlaid stones, malachite, and marble to represent tigers and mountains...quite amazing. Those of us who appreciate calligraphy and stylized calligraphic art will admire gifts from China. We spent more than an hour going from room to room. There are toilets and comfortable chairs all over for breaks or if a travel companion wants to relax. Warning: do not touch even the glass.
There are pictographs and signs in multiple languages yet we saw people from mainland China touching items, stroking wooden animal heads and furniture, even attempting to open elaborately carved chests, and I reported them. Perhaps with more travelers from China, signs require Mandarin warnings, though their tour guide should explain the rules.

Visited March 2014
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“Interesting and unique”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2014

Some very impressive stuff in here like the royal carriages and many gifts from around the world. To some extent it reminded me of exhibits in royal palaces and museums in Europe, but with a different style.

Visited February 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

As the name of the building mentioned, it is a place to tell you the stories of the Sultan of Brunei.

It's free of charge. Walking distance from water taxi station to Kampung Ayer, malls and Sultan Ali Omar Saifudin Mosque.

You only can take picture at the main lobby area. They will have lockers to keep your belongings.

Here kept some souvenirs presented to the Sultan from all over the globe.

Here kept some artefact, mostly letters and regulation books relating the country's history.

Here kept some photos telling stories of the Brunie Sultan from his childhood to his ruling era.

His crown, his jets, his hobby, his queen, almost everything....

Visited March 2014
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“Only if you are interested in Brunei's royal family”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

We would not have visited the museum but it was part of a day tour. The museum holds memorabilia, weapons, and photographs of the royal family as well as precious gifts by foreign governments to the Sultan of Brunei. It also showcases the actual chariot used by the Sultan for official ceremonies. The shear size of it is really impressive. It also provides a historical background on the royal family of Brunei. Free entrance but have to store personal belongings in a locker and shoes at the entrance.

Visited February 2014
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“The Royal Brunei...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2014

The museum is along the way to the city area from the nearby hotel where we stayed. We gave it a miss a few times on our way to town but make a point to drop by on our last day. Entrance is free, but we have to leave our camera and mobile phones at the locker in front of the reception. Photos are allowed only in the lobby area that also have many superb displays. The exhibits are largely a collection of royal gifts. The parade display in the Jubilee Hall is amazing, looks grand from the viewing area at the second level. Nice exhibits to see and to get a glimpse of the royal family.

Visited March 2014
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