Discover Bogor Botanical Garden - Jakarta
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of Jakarta, even travelers seeking for a place of solace can find one not far from here. South of Jakarta lies the city of Bogor where visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk in its renowned botanical gardens, the Kebun Raya Bogor, also known as the Bogor Botanical Garden. Many consider it a peaceful oasis where they can escape, away from the rush of people in the more congested city areas.
The area of the garden covers 87 hectares and is located next to one of the six presidential palaces, the Istana Bogor. One of the biggest attractions of the place is its Orchid House, which has over 3,000 varieties of hybrid and purebred orchids. The greenhouse is divided into separate halls, where travelers can always find something blooming on display. There are many impressive and beautiful species of plants found around the garden, like the giant arum and the world’s tallest inflorescence. Nature lovers will definitely appreciate walking amongst the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer. There are many paved walkways that are placed around the gardens, so Trip Guru recommends taking time to stroll through the area and enjoy the place at leisure.
As previously mentioned, the grounds also include the Indonesian presidential palace, where tourists can take a stroll around its premises. It has hundreds of tame deer grazing in the area and is a perfect spot for taking photos. Take note that entry into the palace requires prior permission – with a usual waiting time of five days.
The botanical garden is located around 60km south of Jakarta itself. By car, it should take around an hour to get there, barring any excessive traffic conditions. There is also a train line running from Jakarta to Bogor, which is a quicker option but try to avoid the rush hour since the train can get very crowded during this time. Entrance tickets are worth 9,500 IDR. The garden itself is open daily from 8AM to 5PM. Take note that it can get very crowded during the weekends and holidays, so make sure to plan your itinerary with this in mind.
What our experts tell about this experience.
The only thing I disliked about my visit was that it was crowded! Otherwise visiting the garden was a beautiful sight, definitely worth braving the crowds to take pictures of the flowers--so many different varieties. There's always something gorgeous in bloom, it's like Mother Nature's best flowers all in one area.