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Shopping in Brunei

Shoppers are generally spoilt for choice in Brunei. From traditional markets and tiny boutique shops to huge shopping complexes, visitors and locals alike will find opportunities to indulge their shopping fancy. Offering a wide variety of goods at incredibly competitive prices, shoppers can pick up anything ranging from market trinkets sold at 50 cents to chandeliers and antique furniture priced at a few thousand dollars.

There are many unique treasures that can be found in Brunei, including earthenware ornaments, gilded curios, exotic furniture designs, Chinese urns, brocade tablecloths, mats and door hangings, Indian finery, Thai haute couture, the latest electronics – all of these and more can be found tucked away in some corner of a dusty shop or glittering department store.

Popular amongst tourists is the Jong Sarat, which is traditional hand-made Brunei woven cloth known for its exquisite quality and finesse workmanship. This resplendent gold or silver-threaded material have grown in popularity over the years. This woven cloth can be purchased from the Arts and Handicraft Training Centre at Kota Batu, the Brunei International Airport, or from the producers' outlets themselves. The exclusivity of the Jong Sarat or Kain Tenunan, which is hand-made using traditional methods passed down from generations, make the textiles valuable heirlooms or collectors' pieces. It is often worn during formal and special occasions such as weddings and other important events.

Apart from traditional cloths, other items that reflect the rich culture of Brunei include brass and silverwares shaped into replicas of canons, kris (traditional dagger) and gongs.

The biggest shopping mall in Brunei is the majestic Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Complex in the capital. This is a breathtaking piece of architecture with ample parking for visitors and houses a wide array of upmarket boutiques and shops. New to the shopping scene is the elegant complex, The Mall, in Bandar Seri Begawan.

Kiulap is another commercial area known for its spread of three-storey shop lots and individual stores with several shopping complexes such as Hua Ho at the Seri Kenangan Building, Teguh Raya and Hotmart. Hua Ho Department Store is one of the largest chain stores in Brunei and it's a popular one-stop shop for locals. There is a wide range of groceries and designer goods available.

More shopping complexes can be found outside of the town centre including First Emporium at Mohd Yusuf Komplex, Tin Tutong; Athirah Plaza and Soon Lee at Abdul Razak Holding, Jalan Tutong; Pertama Store, Sim Kim Huat, Tiong Hin and Hua Ho at Sengkurong, Jalan Jerudong; Hua Ho and Teguh Raya at the Delima Jaya Shopping Complex, Jalan Muara; Warisan Utama Jaya Emporium and Supermarket at Aman Kompleks, Sungai Tilong; Liang Toon at Latifuddin Complex, Tungku Link and Milimewah and Soon Lee in Muara.

Kuala Belait and Seria also have a variety of modern air-conditioned outlets and older shop houses. There are also a number of shops at Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport where visitors may purchase duty free items, CDs, sports equipment, chocolates, as well as books on Brunei and the region.





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