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Wikipedia | Google | Google Images | FlickrJerudong Park and Country Club is an amusement park in Brunei Darussalam, and is among the largest of such parks in Southeast Asia. As of today, it is larger than the Phase 1 of Hong Kong Disneyland. Built at the cost of $1 billion USD, the park and playground serve to entertain the relatively small but affluent Bruneian citizens.
HistoryThe Jerudong Park and Country Club was inaugurated in 1994. On 16th July, 1996, on the occasion of the 50th birthday of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah , the reigning Sultan of Brunei Darussalam, Michael Jackson performed a free concert attended by over 60,000 people. Attended by most of the royal family, the Sultan himself was conspicuous by his absence. Soon afterwards, on the 24th of August, 1996, Whitney Houston performed at the park to commemorate the wedding of Princess Rashida, the eldest daughter of the Sultan. Houston is reported to have been paid $7 million USD for her concert. Michael Jackson returned on New Year’s Eve, 1997, to perform again at the park followed by Janet Jackson, who performed to commemorate the 21st birthday of Princess Hamidah.
The park was primarily designed to attract children. Families accompanying the children started getting involved in the activities and games for adults evolved. Initially, the park was free for all visitors. Later on as the attendance dropped, a fee of $15 BND was introduced as an admission fee. Today, entry to the park itself is free, but rides and other attractions have to be paid for. There is a coupon system in the range of $10 BND which is punched for every ride or facility that the guest uses.
RecentlyJerudong Park and Country Club is a popular destination for locals and expatriates alike, particularly on weekends. Recently, several more facilities have been added. A Junior Roller Coaster and a 25-meter high Ferris Wheel was inaugurated by Prince Abdul Wakeel in a glittering ceremony. Accompanied by the royal entourage, he also inaugurated a Laser Maze, the Spin Zone, Pedal Boats, Kiddies Ride, and the Junior Pirate Ship. A Mini Water Park is to be inaugurated later in the year.
The Kids Playground as well as the Kids Bumper car has been revamped. A 21-hole, mini golf course designed and landscaped by Craig Bartlett from Australia, has been refurbished. Merchandise outlets, food kiosks, and convenience stores have received a makeover.
Visiting Jerudong Park and Country ClubThe park is open to visitors on all days except on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Tuesdays, the park is open from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 4:30 PM to 10:30 PM on Thursdays, 3:00 PM to 10:30 PM on Fridays, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Saturdays, and 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM on Sundays. A $15 BND ticket for an adult and a $8 BND ticket for a child will give unlimited access to all rides and facilities for locals. Foreign citizens will be charged at the rate of $20 BND for an adult and $10 BND for a child. Children below the age of two are not charged.
There is no bus service from the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan to Jerudong Park and Country Club. A taxi will cost a tourist around $35 BND from the international airport. There are many hotels however, close to the park, and some of them have buses that ferry guests to and from the park. Brunei is a country that has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world. As such, expect accommodation to cost more than an average tourist destination.
Other Places of InterestThe affluence of the country, thanks to its oil and gas resources, has allowed it to spare the rainforests within its borders from lumbering and exploitation. There is a wide variety of flora and fauna in the small country. With most of the towns and cities located along the North Coast, Brunei is relatively easy to get by in.
Other places close to Jerudong Park and Country Club are the famed Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, James ‘Asr Hassnal Bolkiah Mosque, the Royal Regalia Building, the water village of Kampong Ayer (the largest water village in Asia), the Brunei Museum. Istana Nurul Iman is the largest occupied palace in the world and the official residence of the Sultan.
Close by is the Ulu Terumbong National Park which gives visitors an insight into the rainforests of the region. The Empire Hotel and Country Club is the flagship hotel of the country and has won many laurels. To the south, 50 miles away is the Oil and Gas Discovery Center in Seria, the hub of the country’s economy.
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Author: jackmartis. Last updated: Apr 06, 2015