The Transformation of Bustanussalatin, from the King’s Garden to the People’s Park

Lately, Taman Sari has changed its name to Taman Bustanussalatin. This was an attempt by the city government to restore the memory of its citizens to the past history. Bustanussalatin comes from Arabic language which means the kings’ garden.

As the former centre of Aceh Darussalam Kingdom, Banda Aceh used to have vast royal garden areas. It was included an area along Krueng Daroy that crosses Gunongan Park, Putroe Phang Park, Pinto Khop, Kandang, Pulau Gajah, and Baiturrahman Great Mosque.

Along with the change of Banda Aceh City status, these parks became separated following the urban planning. Taman Sari, for example, was once part of Gunongan Park and Putroe Phang Park areas.

Lately, Taman Sari has changed its name to Taman Bustanussalatin. This was an attempt by the city government to restore the memory of its citizens to the past history. Bustanussalatin comes from Arabic language which means the kings’ garden.

Now that place has become the people’s park. It is a green open space for the residents to play, to go on an excursion, to relax, and to release fatigue.

Various events are often held here. Bustanussalatin is always crowded with the people, especially in the afternoons, when the sun goes down and the residents have taken a break from all their activities. This park is equipped with various supporting facilities that can be an option for you, those who enthusiasts of the park tourism concept. The place is very instagrammable for those of you who like to capture photos.

This 3,000 square meter park lies at the heart of Banda Aceh. It is only a few meters from the south side of Baiturrahman Grand Mosque. While on the east side of the park is facing the office Banda Aceh Mayor. Furthermore, Bustanussalatin is also near other tourist destinations such as the Tsunami Museum, Blang Padang square, Peutjoet Kerkhof, and Putroe Phang park.[]

 

Reporter : Munawar Hafizhi

Photographer : Mustawazir

Editor : Ayu ‘Ulya