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Bogor, The Rainy City

Located 300m above sea level and just an hour's train journey south of Jakarta, Bogor enjoys a cool, wet climate and famously lush Botanical Gardens, which were founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1811. Bogor also known as “The Rainy City”, as the city has high rainfall rate 3,500 to 4,000 millimeter/year – the Guinness Book of Records notes the city for the "most days per year with thunder" (322 thunderstorm/year).

Bogor surrounded by mount Salak, Pangrango and Gede. The City's altitude is about 190-330 meters above the sea level, causing the average temperature is 26-28 Celcius degree, and the humidity above 70%. The width of Bogor area is 11.850 hectares or 0.27 percents of width of the West Java Province. Administratively, this city consists of six Sub-districts : the South of Bogor, the East of Bogor, the West of Bogor, the North of Bogor, the Center of Bogor, and Tanah Sareal. It's covering 68 villages.

Bogor has become an important centre for scientific research, including botany, agronomy and forestry. Bogor also famous by its university, the Bogor Agricultural University (Institut Pertanian Bogor - IPB)

There are no much shopping areas worth a visit. Some of them are:

  • Ekalokasari Plaza
  • Pangrango Plaza
  • Factory Outlet, such as: Fame n Famous, Brasco, Donatello, Edward Forrer.
  • Tas Tajur: a good collection of bags.

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Dining Out
Here are some suggestions for you to choose from in Bogor:

  • Ayam Bakar Wong Solo , Jl. Pajajaran, Bogor.
  • Gurih 7, Jl. Pajajaran No. 102, Bogor.
  • Hartz Chicken Buffet, Jl. Ahmad Yani, Bogor. 
  • Saung Kuring, Jl. Salabenda, Bogor.

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Point of Interest
The heart of Bogor are the huge, world-class botanical gardens, known as the Kebun Raya (Great Garden) covering an area of around 80 hectares. The gardens contain streams and lotus ponds and more than 15,000 species of trees and plants, including 400 types of magnificent palms. The gardens' orchid houses are reputed to contain more than 3000 orchid varieties and are open to the general public. North of the main entrance to the gardens is a small monument in memory of Olivia Raffles, who died in 1814 and was buried in Batavia, and further north, near the palace, is a cemestry with Dutch headstones.

The Presidential Summer Palace, Istana Bogor, is located on the northwest side of the Botanical Gardens. It is a group of buildings built on the site of the old Buitenzorg mansion which was destroyed by an earthquake and replaced by a new palace in 1856. The most famous event here was the second APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting (AELM) held on November 15, 1994. The palace is only open to the public by prior arrangement.

Other attractions in the vicinity of Bogor is an inscribed stone called Batutulis, 2.5 km south of the botanical garden. It is dedicated to Sri Baduga Maharaja, a former king who were believed to have great mystical power, the stone is said to still possess some of this power. If you are into mountain climbing you can climb to the summit of Gunung Salak. You have to travel by car for about 45 minutes, and then walk for 3-4 hours to reach the top. 20 km southeast of Bogor, in Cisarua on the way to the Puncak Pass and Bandung, you can visit Taman Safari, a modern zoo with foreign and local animals (see Puncak). Many of the animals can be seen by car.  

Facilities in hotel or telecommunication centers enable the visitor to communicate with major cities in the world via telephone and Internet.

Bogor is on the Southern of Jakarta by which the distance is about 60 km away. it spends 40 minute drive to reach Bogor from Jakarta and the transportation is ready for 24 hours by bus, taxi, or train.

Transport cars (local language: Angkot, angkutan kota) are popular. They also become overloaded during peak hours.



Visit these sites for more information about Bogor:
Bogor, The City of Rain
Bogor Cybermap


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