Joyful Garden is a community garden located at a private residence in Kampong Subok. It was built by Wilson Lim, in memory of his late wife who died of cancer in 2012. The park features a strong Chinese influence with shades of red and yellow being prominent around the area, which allows for an insight to the traditional Chinese culture.
When strolling around the garden, there is a feeling of tranquility and peacefulness that covers the place which is incomparable to the rest of the recreational parks in the country.
“When we first arrived at the entrance, we were immediately struck by a feeling of peace and calmness. The community garden has allowed us to release our tension, and become a place for activities with your family,” said Abang Akhiri, a visitor who came with his family for the first time.
The garden includes a small man-made waterfall and a pond that is filled with different types of fish. A house rests in the middle of the park, showcasing vintage ceramics and traditional Chinese string instruments such as Guzheng and Guqin.
The community garden has become a place that individuals go to unwind and loosen up following a day or a week of work or study. The park has no entrance fee and is open daily from 7 am to 6 pm, while on Friday and Sunday, it is open from 7 am to 6.30 pm.
Besides a stroll, the owner of the property invites the public to join the art of moving energy as he teaches Qi Gong every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 8.30 am and 4.30 pm. Qi Gong is practiced to help people relax, and is beneficial for the elderly and people with chronic illnesses.
With the unique scenery, the place is usually filled with people taking pictures around the area especially during the weekends.
How to get there: The garden is located at Kampong Subok about a nine-minute drive from Bandar Seri Begawan. The address for the place is No. 40, Simpang 214, Kampung Subok. It is easier to locate the place from Google Maps as the garden is located deep inside Simpang 214.