The Bogor Botanical Gardens is a botanical garden located in Bogor, 60km south of Jakarta. It is located in the city center and adjoin the presidential palace compound of Istana Bogor. Covering an area of 87 hectares (210 acres) and containing 13,983 different kinds of trees and plants of various origin, you will get to explore the rich floral diversity of Indonesia.
You can either explore it by car, motorcycle, or bicycle, and the entry only costs IDR 14,000 for locals and IDR 25,000 for tourists.
Here are some of the places of interest you might want to visit (opening hour stated):
Sudjana Kassan Garden
With so much of our activities taking place indoor, a picnic lunch is a great idea in this garden as you enjoy the beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. You can bring a mat together with your own food or even kue cubit and other Bogor treats.
The other places you can enjoy a nice relaxing picnic are:
- Teisjmann Park
- Reindwardt Monument (overlooks the Bogor Presidential Palace)
- In front of the Grand Garden Cafe area
Orchid House (8am - 3:30pm)
Indonesia has the most diverse orchid population in the world. There are more than 5,000 orchid species in the country’s tropical forests. The Orchid Collection Unit here has collected 500 species of lowland native orchids of Indonesia to protect them from the threat of extinction, due to the loss of natural habitats. You can also learn about hybrid orchids here.
Zoological Museum (8am - 3:30pm)
Tired of seeing trees during the trip? Don’t be, because you can take a shade from the sun and visit the museum just near the Treub Laboratory. They display thousands of preserved species found in Indonesia, from large animals to tiny insects nicely placed inside a glass cabinet with a simulation of their actual environment.
Did you know that you could find of bunch of cactis on this lush terrain of West Java? Mexican Garden is home to plants that originated from America and Asia. There are 100 varieties of cacti, agave, yucca, and succulent in different shapes, colors and sizes of stems, and with unique flowers, and thorns. Take some photos with your sombrero on (the margarita can follow after).
Cafe Grand Garden (8am - 9pm)
Located near Gate 3 of Kebun Raya Bogor, it has the majestic feel on top of a hilly patch overlooking the garden. As you sip your coffee and munch on the banana fritter, you will be treated with the sight of a beautiful fountain and full-grown plants from Madagascar. If you happen to be there around sunset, the lights that illuminate the evening give a romantic and enchanting feeling.
Taman Sudjana Garde
You can find an eagle in Soedjana Kassan Park. Not a real one, indeed. It is just a figure made by plants in the center of the park. If it’s seen from an angle from the garden edge, then the appearance of the eagle is quite remarkable.
This park was made to honor the first Indonesian appointed as the director of The Gardens i.e. Soedjana Kassan. After having foreigners as directors for over 135 years, in the 1950’s finally, an Indonesian took over the control.
The look of the garden is awesome, especially with Bougainville Flowers blossoming almost all the time in a year.
Lady Raffles Memorial Monument
Among the thick of trees of Bogor Botanical Gardens, there is a place that differs itself. The place is not about the city, not about research or science, and not about preservation of nature.
Lady Raffles Memorial Monument. It lays not too far away from the Main Gate. Please just take a look at a poem written in an inscription inside the monument. It was about the love of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, a governer general who founded Singapore.
Despite being a strong well known figure, he was still a human being who could suffer from the loss of his beloved one, his first wife, Olivia Mariamne Devenish, the first Lady Raffles. The poem and the history showed that the death of Olivia had affected a lot this guy, even though later on he was remarried.
What poem was written in the monument? well, go there and have a look! You will then understand how he felt.
And here are other activities you can also do with your friends:
You probably couldn’t find a greener space to run than Kebun Raya Bogor. And it’s spacious too! If you go early (8 am) or a little later in the afternoon (3 pm), you won’t feel the sweat with the breeze keeping you cool. You’ll forget about pollution outside the garden’s perimeter. A good run following the easy track will get your 5K run with light inclines and lots of opportunities to do trail runs.
Not a fan of running or too lazy to walk around? Not to worry, Kebun Raya Bogor offers rented bikes from Rp 15,000 to Rp 25,000/hour. Better yet, bring your own bike (entrance fee Rp 5,000)! Ride around and visit each corner of Kebun Raya Bogor. Learning about plants has never been more fun, and healthier.
Yoga at the park
Yoga is a practice that harmonizes the body and the mind, so where’s a better place to learn than outside where you can be nourished by nature?
These are some recommended spots to practice yoga:
- In front of the Grand Garden Cafe area (for a group practice)
- In front of the Treub Laboratory/Nusa Indah Guest House (both for personal and group practice)
- In front of the Orchid House/Orchidarium (both for personal and group practice)
Learn about endangered plants
Love to learn more? Visit the Aquatic Plant Collection, Orchidarium and Medicinal Plants garden (there’s a reflexology pathway alongside medicinal plants), and come see the Amorphophallus or Bunga Bangkai (Corpse Flower). For more comprehensive studies, visit Kebun Raya Bogor's library (8am - 3pm) and Museum of Zoology (8am - 4pm).
And enjoy this video sneak-peak into the garden!
Friday (8am - 4pm), closed on Sat, Sun & public holidays.
Insect repellant, hat/cap, and sunglasses