Good turnout at archaelogical park

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE response and turnout at the Kota Batu Archaeological Park has been favourable especially during the school holidays, said the Director of Museums yesterday.

Citing figures from the information centre at the park, Pg Dr Karim Pg Hj Osman revealed that a total of 441 visitors visited the park during the month of August and 289 visited in the month of September.

Pg Dr Karim said schools have proactively taken their students to the park on educational school trips, while other visitors including foreigners were recommended by tour guides, joggers and history veterans.

Some of the institutes that have visited the park include Sultan Saiful Rijal Technical College, Jigsaw Primary School, St Andrew’s School, Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Mentiri Secondary School, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD)’s Department of History and Academy of Brunei Studies and most recently Chung Hwa Middle School (CHMS).

“Sometimes we invite individual scholars, students from the higher institution and colleges to volunteer with field cooperation as long as they are under the park’s supervision,” said Pg Dr Karim.

The park which first opened on August 11 has a number of exhibits including the Tomb of Sultan Sharif Ali, the third sultan of Brunei, the Tomb of Sultan Bolkiah, the fifth Sultan of Brunei, a pathway that leads to Terindak Island which acted as a Jetty in the past, and several artefacts such as traditional stone carvings, pottery, ceramics and ancient coins.

The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

The director said the park will continue to make additional exhibits when something new and interesting has been discovered as well as make changes to the exhibition.

Most of the exhibits are kept “in situ”, meaning that the exhibits are untouched and kept in their natural state, the director explained.

One of the park’s current project involves working with a local artist in order to draw and reconstruct the scenery of Kota Batu during its Golden Age.

“The mission to opening this park is for students and graduates to learn. Our park is different from other parks. It’s main purpose is education,” said Pg Dr Karim.

The Brunei Times