Bogor Botanical Garden used to allow visitors to drive their cars or motorcycles inside the park on weekdays. However, under the new guidance in 2023, all visitors must park their vehicles in the designated parking areas near the exits. From there, you can explore the park by foot, buy a shuttle bus ticket, or rent a bicycle, an electric scooter, or a golf car.
You will see the whole botanical garden in the least amount of time by taking the shuttle bus because it will go on one trip circling the park non-stop with the information from the driver – doubling as a guide – about the plants and gardens you see along the way. On the other hand, Bogor Botanical Garden has many walking paths made of cobblestones that can only be explored on foot. Lost yourself under the canopy of giant old trees and dream of exploring a jungle instead of walking in the middle of the city. Then suddenly, you will reach manicured gardens, such as Teisjmann, Sudjana Kassan, Mexican, and Aquatic Garden. Things are looking good, except when it suddenly rains, which is common in Bogor! The bad news is shelters are rare here. So, do not forget to bring an umbrella or a raincoat with you :)
Giant waterlilies with its white and pink flowers in Bogor Botanical Garden.
Bogor Botanical Garden is famous for its giant waterlily (Victoria amazonica or Nymphaeaceae). Originally from the Amazon, this giant waterlily has enormous circle leaves. Since it blooms at night, its nickname is "The Queen of The Night." During its short lifecycle, this flower can change from a white female flower to a pink male flower.
The famous Astrid Boulevard was built in 1929 to welcome Queen Astrid from Belgium.
Bogor Botanical Garden is also famous for its massive lawns. People love to have picnics and gathering here. The popular ones are Cappelen, Melchior, Reinwardt, and Otto Avenue. They are close to Astrid Garden and Boulevard, where the Giant Waterlily pond and Raasaa Restaurant are located.
Astrid Garden and Boulevard was built in 1929 to welcome Queen Astrid from Belgium. They look different than the rest of the botanical garden. First, its location is on the other side of the river. So, between these two sides of the bridge, one looks like a rainforest, while the other looks like a palace garden. It looks grander, with tall pine trees on each side of the boulevard, and the separation is filled with red and yellow flowers that blossom all year long. These red and yellow flowers represent the Belgian flag.
Zoology Museum in Bogor Botanical Garden
The blue whale exhibit in Zoology Museum Bogor.
Although the Zoology Museum in Bogor Botanical Garden has good collections, the display rooms are musty and dark, while the preserved animals are dusty. The only highlight of this museum is the skeleton of a blue whale. The whale washed ashore on Pameungpeuk beach, Garut, in December 1916. Since it was 27.25 meters long, the bones weighed 64 tons. It took forty-four days to transport these bones from Pameungpeuk beach to Bogor (approx. 300 km). The blue whale became the most famous exhibit in the Zoology Museum since then.
Besides these famous and historical spots, Bogor Botanical Garden has many other gardens. Most of them are clustered according to their functions or species.