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Bogor Botanical Gardens

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In the centre of Bogor’s mass of humanity, traffic and chaos, the extensive and beautiful Bogor Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya Bogor) is not only a respite from the three-ringed-circus, it is one of Asia’s oldest and most magnificent formal gardens and the primary reason to visit the city.

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Established in the early 19th century, the 87-hectare site showcases a vast collection of plants including majestic 200-year-old trees and rare orchids, the Istana Bogor (presidential palace), guesthouses and cafes, a zoology museum, Dutch cemetery and research centres. This is one of the world’s great gardens and one of Indonesia’s major attractions—if you have even a passing interest in botany or just enjoy a bit of nature, it is well worth the trip to Bogor.

Pack a frisbee. Photo taken in or around Bogor Botanical Gardens, Bogor, Indonesia by Sally Arnold.

Pack a frisbee. Photo: Sally Arnold

The area was possibly a formal garden of sorts during the late-15th-early-16th-century Sundanese Parajaran Kingdom. In the mid-18th century Buitenzorg, a temperate climate hill retreat for steamy Batavia’s (Jakarta) VOC Dutch Governors was built on the site, and the area surrounding more formally landscaped as a European-style garden by Stamford Raffles when as the British Lieutenant-Governor of Java, he resided there in what is now the Istana Bogor. A memorial to Raffles first wife, Olivia Mariamne Raffles, who died here on November 26, 1814 can be found within the gardens. The idea of a botanical gardens to study the flora of the region with a view to determining their scientific and commercial value was later raised by the Dutch and the garden officially founded on ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Bogor Botanical Gardens
Downtown Bogor
Mo–Su: 07:30–17:00
Admission: 25,000 rupiah for foreign tourists and 14,000 rupiah for Indonesians

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