Bandar Seri Begawan Late 1980s

It does not take very long for a scene to be historic. This photograph I would consider as modern Bandar Seri Begawan but you cannot get this anymore. This was before the Yayasan Building was built.

In those days, the Kampong Ayer houses were built right up to the roadside and many of these served as shops, I think all of them were shops along this road. I cannot quite remember what happened. I think there was a big fire and most of these houses were burnt down and the rest were removed when Yayasan Building started.

The foundation for Yayasan Building I remembered was part of the 25th Silver Jubilee of His Majesty's Ascension to the Throne and that was in October 1992. So these houses survived until the very late 1980s and up to the first or second year of 1990s. I remembered the roads around these areas were always congested.


p o t a t o said…
My parents moved inland when my grandparents' house in Kg Ayer burnt down some time in 1985. It's a bit ironic that quite a number of fires devastated the water village.

But that's probably because the wooden houses were so close together and the pathways were not conducive to efficient and speedy response from the fire department?

Question is, is this taken into account for the present Kg Ayer?

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