Greeneries, iconic bridge and mosques draw diplomats’ attention

Lyna Mohamad

The amazing and unique sights, especially the diversity of Bruneian way of life, have attracted the attention of Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Yoon Hyun-bong and her spouse.

The envoy’s husband, Park Shin-ho, had always expressed his fondness for Brunei’s sceneries, the ambassador said, during the presentation of a photo of a house by her spouse.

“We cannot see many colours, except green, in Brunei. But this home owner seems to enjoy the colourful life. He maintains the house as a hobby and shares the joy with tourists and neighbours. It is a good way to share the joy of life. It shows how Bruneians share their happiness which is unique,” she explained during an interview at the launch of ‘Brunei Darussalam from the Eyes of Foreign Diplomats and their Families’ exhibition in the Tutong District yesterday.

The couple has been enjoying the beautiful sunset while playing golf at the RBRC Golf Course although the photograph did not capture the perfect beauty of the sunset, it was enough to make them remember how beautiful the moment was.

Park also captured two photos of the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque in the capital and the Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah in Kiarong.

Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam Yoon Hyun-bong during the exhibition. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR
Ambassador of the Republic of France to Brunei Darussalam Christian Ramage brief visitors on his photo

At Jame’ ‘Asr Hassanil Bolkiah, the ambassador’s husband focussed on the angle from an architectural structure at the mosque’s compound as a frame overlooking the mosque while at the Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Mosque, it was a clean and crisp night with no breeze, and the water held a reflection of the mosque.

Meanwhile, Ambassador of the Republic of France to Brunei Darussalam Christian Ramage said one of his photographs depicts the progress of the construction of the Temburong Bridge.

He said he is fortunate to be living opposite the bridge, enabling him to capture the progress of the bridge regularly.

The envoy said the most unique aspect was the lighting up of the bridge at night in various colours, representing the event of the month.

“It is similar to what is done on the New York Empire State Building or the Eiffel Tower in France where the structure of the tower or the bridge is lit in different colours at night to symbolise an event,” Ramage said.

His other photos focus on Brunei’s greenery, especially hiking trails in the jungle.

“The beauty of Brunei is the jungle and I have a passion for hiking. So I visited remote places such as Bukit Patoi in Temburong and was rewarded with breathtaking views. In many countries, you are unable to hike in a real jungle,” he said.