Bukit Shahbandar Recreation Park

Bukit Shahbandar Recreation Park is one of the most popular recreational parks in Brunei Darussalam which covers an area of 234 hectares and has a number of beautiful spots worth visiting. Based about 15 kilometres from the heart of Bandar Seri Begawan, it records the highest number of visitors compared to other recreational parks in Brunei Darussalam.

Among the factor contributing to this is its location that is easily accessible which is along the Muara-Tutong highway. It is also near to the Brunei’s most grand accommodation, The Empire Hotel & Country Club in Jerudong.

This park has nine hills and it is considered as a significant achievement if one managed to climb all of them. However, one hill is enough for a newbie as the route and distance is equivalent to a 15-minute walk.

Bukit Shahbandar is accessorised with good public facilities where among others are a convenient huge parking bay that can cater a huge number of vehicles, a number of stalls for thirst quenchers and restrooms.

This park is also known as a good place for family’s leisure activities. There are a number of shelters provided to have a barbeque, a hall to conduct outdoor activities, a fishing pond and several mini educational games such as the wooden maze.

An interesting feature of the park is the observation tower at the summit of the hill, from which one can savour the panoramic view of the South China Sea and coastline to the north, Bandar Seri Begawan and suburbs to the Southwest, Jerudong Park to the west, and wide tracts of green land elsewhere.

This park was also the venue for one of the Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) event in 1999 and the first Brunei Marathon in 2005. This park is also frequently chosen as a venue for brisk walk activities conducted by both the public and private sectors.

This park is one of the recreational parks that is developed by the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources.