Documentary to highlight 1,000-year-old relations between Brunei and China

A special documentary programme is being produced to showcase Brunei’s long history with China, through archaeological evidence from the 10th century Sungei Limau Manis site containing Song Dynasty artefacts, the shipwreck at Tanjung Simpang Mengkayauas well as the many ancient Chinese-Muslim graves in Brunei.

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BruDirect, 21 May 2009

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The project to trace the history of Brunei-China relations will be implemented in June, jointly by Radio Television Brunei, Brunei History Centre and the Museums Department in collaboration with the Chinese community in Brunei.

This was highlighted in a working paper by Dr Muhammad Hadi bin Muhammad Melayong, Director of the Information Department, and Pg Dr Karim bin Pg Hj Osman from the Museums Department and presented to the media yesterday at the office of Ang Swee Chuan, Vice-President of Brunei-China Friendship Association. Also present was Dr Hj Kamaruddin bin Dato Seri Paduka Hj Talib, President of the association.

The project is also undertaken to mark the Silver Jubilee of the country’s National Day celebration and will comprise seven episodes. The first episode will showcase the start of trade and diplomatic relations between both countries. The filming in Brunei will focus on the Sg Limau Manis site, dating back to the Song Dynasty in China during the 10th-13th century.

The site was discovered in 2002 and was one of the important archaeological findings after Kota Batu. A number of artifacts believed to be from China were found including gold, bronze, beads and so on.

The sunken ship at the tip of Borneo, Tanjung Simpang Mengkayau in Kudat, Sabah was found in 2002 together with the same type of artefacts discovered in Sg Limau Manis. The ship was believed to be on its way to Brunei and sank in Sabah waters.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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