Tasek Lama 1960s

My friend, Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman was remiscing about the Tasek Lama in the 1950s in The Borneo Bulletin 17 November 2013.

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Once serene Tasek Lama now a recreational spot

by Haji Mohd Daud Abdul Rahman

TASEK Lama is located about two kilometres from Bandar Seri Begawan’s city centre. Back then, Tasek Lama was not as easily accessible as it is today. People would have to brave the dense jungle to make their way to Tasek Lama. In 1957, people especially youths would go to Tasek Lama in groups.

The trek to Tasek Lama would take 30 minutes and along the way, visitors would face various obstacles such as muddy pathways, thick vegetation and fallen branches. However, once they reach their destination, visitors were rewarded for their efforts with the natural beauty of the surroundings accentuated by the cascading waterfall.

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Staff of the PWD Workshop in Tasek Lama, 1957



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A photo of the Tasek Lama waterfall in 1960
The water was a striking green colour and fell off the top of the waterfall at an impressive rate. Visitors would relax and admire nature’s beauty. The familiar sounds of birds and monkeys would fill the air. Fast forward to the present and Tasek Lama is a stark contrast from what it was in the 1950s.

Today, Tasek Lama is a popular destination for recreation and is equipped with modern amenities such as jogging tracks and hiking trails as well as playground for those with families.

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Government houses located along the road to Tasek Lama in 1962 
  -  PHOTOS:  HAJI MOHD DAUD ABDUL RAHMAN

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