Kampung Ayer

For at least 600 years, Bruneians harvested the bounty of the seas, forging a way
of life that is still strongly evident in the lives of the 30,000 inhabitants of
Kampung Ayer, the capital's sprawling water village.

Here, the village's centuries-old web of homes, markets, mosques, schools,
medical clinics and police and fire stations hovers on stilts over the shallows of
Brunei River. Even today, water taxis are the most efficient and popular means of
negotiating the Kampung's labyrinthine waterways. From their prows, one could see
the mosque's glistening minarets rising above multi-hued, garden-draped homes.


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