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Jerudong is a settlement area in Brunei-Muara District, Brunei. Officially known in Malay as Kampung Jerudong (also Kampong Jerudong), it is a village subdivision under the subdistrict of Sengkurong.

Jerudong

Kampung Jerudong

Kampong Jerudong
Jerudong is located in Brunei
Jerudong
location in Brunei
Coordinates: 4°56′35″N 114°50′00″E / 4.94306°N 114.83333°E / 4.94306; 114.83333Coordinates: 4°56′35″N 114°50′00″E / 4.94306°N 114.83333°E / 4.94306; 114.83333
CountryBrunei
DistrictBrunei-Muara
SubdistrictSengkurong
Government
 • Village headMohammad Rais bin Ishak
Area
 • Total32.97 km2 (12.73 sq mi)
Population
 • Estimate 
(2015)
11,000
Time zoneUTC+8 (Brunei Darussalam Time)
Postcode[3]
BG3122

Jerudong is home to a few notable places of the country. It is the location of Jerudong Park, the country's sole amusement park, as well as The Empire Hotel and Country Club, a luxury hotel which is often regarded as one of the notable landmarks of Brunei. Jerudong is also home to Jerudong Park Medical Centre and Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre, the country's main specialist healthcare centres.

HistoryEdit

Oil explorationEdit

There had been oil exploration attempts being conducted in Jerudong in the past. In 1914, five shallow wells were drilled but abandoned in the following year due to geological issues.[4][5] Nevertheless, drilling was renewed in 1940, and subsequently in 1955, by the then British Malayan Petroleum Company, resulting in the six wells being spudded.[6][7][8][9] However, the wells yielded negligible results.[10]

AdministrationEdit

Jerudong is officially a village subdivision, the third- and lowest-level administrative division of Brunei. It is a subdivision of Sengkurong,[2] a subdistrict of Brunei-Muara. The community of Jerudong is headed by a village head; as of 2017, it is held by Mohammad Rais bin Ishak.[1] He also oversees the settlement area of Peninjau.

TransportEdit

RoadEdit

Jerudong is served by three highways: Muara–Tutong Highway, Jalan Jerudong and Jerudong–Tungku Highway. The Muara–Tutong Highway traverses Jerudong between its northeastern and western points, where as Jalan Jerudong passes through Jerudong in north-south direction; the latter also terminates in the area in the north at Jerudong Beach. The two roads are directly connected via an interchange.[11] They are also indirectly connected via a road which passes through the Jerudong Park area, whereby it is connected to the Highway via an interchange and terminates at the other end at a traffic light junction of Jalan Jerudong.[11] Meanwhile, the western end of Jerudong–Tungku Highway terminates in the east of Jerudong at another traffic light junction of Jalan Jerudong.[12]

EconomyEdit

The economy of Jerudong is based on a mixture of retail, service and hospitality. Jerudong has a number of grocery stores, restaurants and other types of shops which mainly cater the livelihood of the residents. It also has a fish market: Jerudong Market (Malay: Pasar Jerudong) is located close to Jerudong Beach, whereby the fish and other marine produce sold in the market are mainly catches by the fishermen going to the sea from this beach. The Jerudong Market is one if the two largest markets in the country, supported by the Minister of Home Affairs.[13]

Meanwhile, people who are in the service sector are mainly employed in the specialist healthcare centres, namely Jerudong Park Medical Centre and Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre, where as those in the hospitality industry are mainly employed in the few hotels located in Jerudong, as well as the leisure facilities of Jerudong Park Country Club.

EducationEdit

Education in Jerudong is available in primary level, both general and religious. Jerudong Primary School (Malay: Sekolah Rendah Jerudong) is a government school which provides seven years of general primary education.[14] Similarly, Jerudong Religious School (Malay: Sekolah Ugama Jerudong) provides primary religious education,[15] which is compulsory to Muslim children in the country.

There is no secondary school in Jerudong; resident students go to Sayyidina Husain Secondary School in the neighbouring settlement area of Sengkurong.

Although Jerudong International School is named after this place, it is officially located in Tungku.[16]

HealthcareEdit

Jerudong is home to a few specialist healthcare facilities of the country. Jerudong Park Medical Centre is a private specialist hospital providing both outpatient and inpatient clinical services.[17] It also houses Gleneagles JPMC, a healthcare centre for cardiovascular patients.[18]

Located beside JPMC is another specialist hospital, Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre, which houses The Brunei Cancer Centre, the medical facility for treating cancer-related cases, and the Brunei Neuroscience Stroke and Rehabilitation Centre, which caters for patients with neurological cases.[19]

Culture and leisureEdit

ReligionEdit

Jerudong has a mosque: Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam Mosque serves the need of the Muslim residents for Islamic congregational prayers and activities, in particular the Jumu'ah or Friday prayers.

RecreationEdit

 
Royal Golf & Country Club fountain — Jerudong, Brunei

Jerudong Park, the country's only amusement park, was opened in 1994.[20][21] It used to offer free admission,[21] which claimed to be the first amusement park in the world to do so.[22] The park fell into disuse for several years but it was eventually revamped and relaunched in 2014.[20] At present, Jerudong Park features several rides as well as a water park, musical fountain, food court and an indoor amphitheatre for events; the Jerudong Park Amphitheatre once hosted concerts by Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston in 1996.[21]

Jerudong Park is located within the grounds of Jerudong Park Country Club, which also includes Royal Brunei Golf and Country Club, one of two golf courses located in Jerudong and one of the few in the country, and Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, the country's sole polo club.

The other golf course in Jerudong is located within the compound of the Empire Hotel and Country Club.

AccommodationEdit

There are a few hotels in Jerudong but the most notable is The Empire Hotel and Country Club. Opened in 2000,[23] it is a luxury 5-star beach resort overlooking the South China Sea,[24][25] which features 518 rooms, restaurants, event halls, gardens, cinemas and country club that includes a golf course.[26] The Empire Hotel is arguably the flagship hotel of Brunei. It is a member of Worldhotels,[26] a leading organisation of independent hotel around the world.[27]

MiscellaneousEdit

The BRIDEX International Conference Centre is located in Jerudong.[28] It is a convention centre which formerly hosted the Brunei International Defence Exhibition and Conference, an international event held biennially which showcases exhibition related to arms and defence technology.

Sister citiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ Annual Report of the Geological Survey Department, British Territories in Borneo. Government Printer. 1956.
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