Bogor Botanical Garden

Spending your days in Jakarta can be stressful from time to time with the traffic jam and crowded streets. Population in Jakarta can reach around 12 million during the day as this megapolitan city is the capital city of Indonesia. With only approximately 600 to 700 kilometers square, the city is packed with people, endless skyscrapers of government buildings, shopping malls, and many more. For those who have been looking for an unpolluted air and a slight of green scenery, this city might offer something else than what you’ve been looking for.

Although there are some city parks dotted the town, sometimes the noise in the city can be inevitable. However, don’t let yourself down for there is a short escape from Jakarta to get you some fresh air while learning all things about plants and a piece of history. To get to Bogor Botanical Garden, you can rent a car through our site to get the best deals!

Prepare yourself to go for a picnic to Bogor Botanical Garden or Kebun Raya Bogor! Located in Bogor Regency, west of Jakarta in West Java Province, this haven has been home for more than 20,000 specimens of tropical plants. Span over 80 hectares with Presidential Palace as the front and Mt. Salak as the background, this epic scenery is truly an escapade from the crowded city.

The garden was also a witness of an important history of Indonesia. It was initiated by the famous Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles. Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles initiated a small garden during his reign in Bogor with a botanist from London. It was a small garden at the beginning and over the years it finally established officially in 1817 by the Dutch.

Bogor botanical garden view
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Nowadays, Bogor Botanical Garden is a research center and doubles as ex situ conservation site. The Gardens learn all about the study of adaptation, planting, and many things related to plants. With 400 kinds of palm trees, 5,000 specimens of trees from around the world, and 3,000 orchid varieties, Bogor Botanical Garden has many things to study and functions as a family education center.

Picnic with Your Family

Pack your mouth-watering meals, freshest beverages and mat to have a lunch picnic in this very garden. This could be the perfect option from the fancy indoor dining in many restaurants you have been to. Where else in nearby Jakarta where you can spend quality time with your family and friends in a lush greenery field?

Picnic at bogor botanical garden
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Exercise in Bogor Botanical Garden

The spacious field of Bogor Botanical Garden is your perfect spot to do some exercise in the morning. You can run, bike around the area, even yoga! If you don’t bring a bike, there is a rented bike available in the area. Don’t forget to stop once in a while to learn about the plants! There are some spots in Bogor Botanical Garden that provides the peaceful atmosphere to do yoga such as in front of Nusa Indah Guest House or Treub Laboratory for personal exercise or in front of Orchid House for personal or group exercise. In the morning, the breezy weather of Bogor surely will boost your mood to last a day.

Exercise in Bogor Botanical Garden
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Relax and sip at Grand Garden Cafe

Nothing can beat a cup of coffee or tea while savoring banana fritters and overlooking the vast beautiful garden. Beautiful fountains and various plants shall be your scenery as far as the eye can see while chilling or catching up with your old buddies. In the night, the café has a more romantic ambiance and is a perfect spot to spend a night with your loved one.

Visit Griya Anggrek or Orchid Greenhouse

If you love seeing or even plants some orchid in your house, you would love to visit the special greenhouse dedicated to orchids. Orchid has a special place for Indonesian, the country has around 5,000 species and Bogor Botanical keep 500 of species of them in the greenhouse.

Orchid Greenhouse
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Glancing at the Endangered Species

Behold to see the famous Corpse Flower at the Aquatic Plant Collection, Orchidarium, and Medicinal Plants. This rare flower was also found by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles who initiated the garden. The Corpse Flower or Amorphophallus emits distinct scent, for more information about the flower, you can visit Bogor Botanical Garden’s library.

Explore Bogor Botanical Garden Through Apps

If you haven’t had enough time to visit all the spots, don’t worry because now you can explore it through your smartphones. Just a few taps at an app called Jelajah Kebun Raya Bogor in Play Store, you can see the desired spots and read the information about it. What’s the wait now? Don’t miss the chance to visit this beautiful place and plan your flight via Tripcetera!