If you’re looking for a place to spend quality time with your family or run off some steam, there are a number of parks and recreational areas across Brunei that you can visit.
The Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Silver Jubilee Park was built to mark His Majesty’s silver jubilee. It is situated on the banks of the Brunei River. Coming alive in an illuminating display of lights during the night, the park is a great place for some brisk walking or jogging, and for families to hang out.
The centrepiece of this park is a fountain that is surrounded by 25 pillars – one to mark each of the 25 years of His Majesty’s reign.
This one-kilometre-long stretch of land is a scenic place to unwind or go for a jog. The narrow riverside park is lined by pathways and shaded by lots of trees. Two seperate playgrounds in the park make it a great place for young families to visit.
Interesting ASEAN-themed sculptures – one from each of the original six ASEAN member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines – are scattered throughout the park. Also within the compound of the park is a newly-opened steamboat (hot pot) restaurant – a great place for a post-jog
meal or dinner with friends during the evenings.
Another park constructed to commemorate the silver jubilee of His Majesty’s ascension to the throne is the Anduki Recreational Park. It was originally a series of abandoned natural sandpits before being transformed into the present-day 53-hectare landscaped recreational area. The once deep sandpits were converted into a large lake in the middle of the park.
In the past, the lake was a focal point for a range of recreational activities such as shing, boating and windsuring. Today, it is popular for radio-controlled (RC) boat races, particularly because of the newlybuilt
RC boat station Other renovations include a 3.2-kilometre jogging track (also suitable for cyclists and leisure walkers) and designated barbecue pits.
The picnic spots of the park are equipped with seats and canopies providing shade.
Normally open to the public only during state occasions such as His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s birthday and Brunei Darussalam’s National Day celebrations, Taman SOAS is located in the capital and has burst into life ever since the launching of the ‘Bandarku Ceria’ initiative on October 2, 2016.
The Municipal Department-organised community event is held every Sunday. Roads from the Royal Regalia to the Waterfront are closed for four hours turning the area into a designated car-free zone.
Bouncers are set up within the compound of Taman SOAS to keep toddlers occupied, while food, beverage and souvenir/handicraft stalls dot the immediate areas surrounding the park. The Taman, together with the ‘Bandarku Ceria’ weekend event, are viewed as key cogs in Brunei’s bid to boost tourism and its image, especially more so in light of Bandar Seri Begawan’s designation as 2016-2017 ASEAN City of Culture.
Jerudong Park Playground is Brunei’s largest outdoor family entertainment centre and amusement park.
Once the world’s rst free amusement park, it was relaunched in 2014 after major renovation works. The park now operates rides and attractions such as the Ye Old Mine Cart Family Junior Coaster, Jumper, Ferris Wheel, Mini-Golf Course, Lazer Maze, Double Decker Carousel, Bumper Cars, Pedal Boats, Kids Playground, the new international standard F1 and F2 Supakarts and the Musical Water Fountain at the Jerudong Park Garden. The new Water Park is
a favourite among children and perfect for some watery fun to escape the heat, while a mini train system transports park goers from one side of the park to the other.
The park has also served as a premier venue for showcasing local entrepreneurs and hosting major social events and musical performances. Examples include The BiG 10th Anniversary Picnic Festival, Cars and Coffee Week, DST Carnival, The Green Festival by Baiduri Bank, Korean Culture Week at JP Amphitheatre and The Hundred Beats Festival.
The park has also seen Brunei-born movie star Wu Chun drawing an international audience in an event hosted by Royal Brunei Airlines, while the Ultraman Live In Brunei 2016 event attracted a much younger crowd.
To promote health awareness and an active lifestyle, the park hosted the Batman vs Superman Run 2016 and Let’s Walk/Run Ladies 2016 in conjunction with International Women’s Day, the Sparkling Night Run, and the The Plus+ Anniversary Charity Run held in conjunction with World Heart Day. The year drew to an emphatic close with the Escape JP: Diamond Heist Mystery – a first-of-its-kind event which attracted over 800 participants, based on Escape
Square Gadong’s signature mystery crime escape room games.
Apart from the rides, the park also houses the largest open-air food court in the country. Clean and spacious, the food court is divided into three areas, with 48 food vendors offering a wide selection of cuisine ranging from Thai and Indonesian food to local delicacies and Western fare. A McDonald’s drive-thru outlet is also located within the park’s premises.
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