Bogor is a city located 42 km south of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. The area is mainly residential, home to thousands of commuters who travel back and forth every day to make a living in the capital city.
However, during the weekend, it is the Jakarta residents who flock to Bogor. They come to shop at numerous factory outlet stores, or to enjoy the cool air of Puncak, a highland area in the outskirts of Bogor.
At the center of the city lies the Bogor Palace, one of 6 Presidential Palaces in Indonesia. The palace is famous for its collection of artworks such as paintings and statues from around the world. Within the palace precincts, hundreds of spotted deers are living peacefully, feeding on the green grass that covers the ground.
Adjoining the palace is the lush Bogor Botanical Garden, which offers a refreshing sight and atmosphere amid the bustling commercial area. The garden houses more than 15,000 species of trees and plants, including some 3000 varieties of orchid. It is a must visit for travelers.
Bogor has been called “Rainy City”, although in the recent years it’s not as rainy as it used to be. You can still expect heavy rain in the middle of dry season, so always prepare an umbrella just in case.