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65th Birthday of Brunei Ruler Marked in Seoul
Brunei Amb. Dato Haji Harun Ismail Hosts Reception
Brunei Ambassador to South Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail and his wife Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah pose for camera at the reception held at Shilla Hotel on July 15, 2011 on the occasion of 65th birthday of the ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin.
Photo by Olivier Le Rille

Brunei people and friends of Brunei around the world celebrated the 65th birthday of the ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah. Here in Seoul, Brunei Ambassador to South Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail and his wife Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah observed His Majesty's 65th birthday by holding a special dinner reception at Shilla Hotel in Seoul with numerous guests participating.

A number of world's major media including The Seoul Times and Manila Bulletin marked Brunei's one of the most important holidays by running special coverage in their editorial.

Brunei Ambassador to South Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail (left) and his wife Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah (2nd from left) pose with his staff at reception held at Shilla Hotel on July 15, 2011 on the occasion of 65th birthday of the ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin .
Photo by Olivier Le Rille

The dinner reception attracted hundreds of high-profile local and international guests including scores of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul. Other guests included prominent members from nearly all sectors of South Korean society.

Brunei Ambassador to South Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail (5th from right) poses with his diplomatic friends at the reception held at Shilla Hotel on July 15, 2011 on the occasion of 65th birthday of the ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin. Photo by Chung Tae-Sup

Brunei and S. Korean Relations

After gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1984, Brunei opened diplomatic relations with Seoul. Since then the two countries have been developed bilateral relations in the spheres of economics, politics, and cultural exchange.

Brunei Ambassador to South Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail cuts the cake with his diplomatic friends at the reception held at Shilla Hotel on July 15, 2011on the occasion of 65th birthday of the ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin. Photo by Chung Tae-Sup

Brunei participated in the Olympic Games for the first time at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea. The nation sent one official, but no athletes. It would be eight years later, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, that athletes from Brunei would compete at the Olympic Games for the first time.

Major export items of South Korea to Brunei include automobiles, steel, and cable. South Korean import from Brunei oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Brunei has supplied more than 700,000 tons of LNG to the Korea Gas Corporation.

Brunei is the fourth-largest producer of LNG in the world. Being the third-largest oil producer in Southeast Asia, Brunei produces a daily average of 180,000 barrels of oil.

Earlier in 1980s there were some 500 South Korean workers in Brunei but these days fewer than 100 South Koreans are working or living in this Southeast Asian nation.

Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah (4th from left), wife of Brunei Ambassador to South Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail, poses with wives of other ambassadors at the reception held at Shilla Hotel on July 15, 2011 on the occasion of 65th birthday of the ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin. Photo by Chung Tae-Sup

"Brunei Darussalam"

"Brunei Darussalam," officially the State of Brunei, is a country located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Apart from its coastline with the South China Sea it is completely surrounded by the state of Sarawak, Malaysia, and in fact it is separated into two parts by Limbang, which is part of Sarawak.

Brunei, the remnant of a very powerful sultanate, regained its independence from the United Kingdom on Jan. 1, 1984.

Brunei Ambassador to South Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail (center) and his wife Mrs. Datin Siti Aishah Abdullah (to his right) pose with his staff and friends at the reception held at Shilla Hotel on July 15, 2011 on the occasion of 65th birthday of the ruler of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin. Second from right is Mr. Lee Jae-Gil, vice-chairman of Federation of Rose of Sharon (FRS). Photo by Olivier Le Rille

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, whose title has passed within the same dynasty since the 15th century, is the head of state and head of government in Brunei. The Sultan is advised by several councils and a cabinet of ministers although he is effectively the supreme ruler. The media is extremely pro-government and the Royal family retains a venerated status within the country.

Brunei is an absolute monarchy. In September 2004, the Sultan convened an appointed Parliament which had not met since independence in 1984, although it lacks any capacity beyond advising the monarch.

For details or inquiries please contact the Brunei Embassy in Seoul at 02-790-1078.




 

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