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Brunei Marks 25th National Day in Seoul
Amb. Ismail Hosts Reception for Hundreds of Guest
By Michelle Nam
Staff Reporter
Brunei Ambassador to Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail (6th from left) poses with other dignitaries at the reception held at a Seoul hotel on Feb. 23, 2009 on the occasion of its 25th National Day.

Brunei Ambassador to Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail
hosted a reception at Hotel Lotte in downtown Seoul
on Feb. 23, 2009 to celebrate the country's 25th National Day, Brunei's Silver Jubilee National Day.

The dinner reception attracted hundreds of high-profile guests including scores of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul.

They also included a number of local VIPs such as Justice Minister Kim Kyung-Han.

Brunei's 25th anniversary of National Day celebrates the 25 years of achievements since independence from Britain on Jan. 1, 1984.

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 Ambassador to Korea Dato Haji Harun Ismail (6th from left) poses with other dignitaries at the reception held at a Seoul hotel on Feb. 23, 2009 on the occasion of its 25th National Day.

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

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, whose title has passed within the same dynasty since the fifteenth 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 and the sultan has absolute power. There is no elected legislative body. 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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Ms. Michelle Nam (Nam Yeon-Hee) serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. She majored in nutritional science at Sookmyung Women's University in Seoul. She covers the fashion industry and other cultural affairs, as well as the diplomatic community. Her hobbies include playing the piano, reading, and travelling.

 

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