The Rainy City in Sunda

As one of the most interesting cities in Sunda land, Bogor offers lots of things to do. It has delicious local cuisine, beautiful botanical garden, as well as unique shopping experience.

It is a perfect place for one day trip or even a weekend getaway, since it is only 50 kilometers south of Jakarta. Despite of their proximity, its weather is not as hot as Jakarta. It is much cooler, thanks to the frequent rains. And that’s how it got its nickname as Rainy City.

If you plan to spend a night here, there are many hotels you can choose. Starting from the chain hotels such as Novotel and Santika, the heritage hotel such as Salak hotel or smaller and cheaper hotels, they are all offering their uniqueness.


Bogor has always been chosen as the capital city of many kingdoms in Sunda because of its geographic. It is close to the major harbor in Jakarta, which was called Sunda Kelapa harbor at that time. On the other hand it lies in the mountain, which made good defense against the enemies.

An inscription from the fifth century mentioned a Hindu empire named Tarumanagara was located in this area. It is the first kingdom in Indonesia. Another inscription from 1533 said that it was the capital city of Pajajaran Empire.

During Dutch colonization, Governor General Gustaaf Willem Baron van Imhoff found this area and called it Buitenzorg, which means no worry. He built a palace here as well as the road to Batavia (now it is called Jakarta). Presently this palace became one of the six presidential palaces in Indonesia.

Rain drops almost everyday in this city, which makes it a perfect place for research on botany. Nowadays it is the center of botany and agricultural research in Indonesia, supported by the botanical garden as well as Institut Pertanian Bogor (Agricultural Institute), the leading state university in Indonesia.

Things To Do

Although there are so many things to do and see in this city, we at thinks the main highlights are:

Botanical Garden
A great park for family picnic and recreation, as well as the center of knowledge with its plant collections. This beautiful garden has always been my favorite place.

This city is famous for the bag home industry in Tajur. Nowadays it is not only a warehouse open up selling many kinds of bags but it has grown into a one stop tourist destination!

Presidential Palace
You can see the palace from the inside of the botanical garden or from the streets while feeding carrots to the deer living in the palace’s yard.

Delicious local cuisines, varies from the traditional foods such as ngohiang (rolled minced meat) and asinan (a spicy and sour fruit salad) to the creative food such as roti unyil (mini buns), apple pie and macaroni schotel.

How to Get There

This city is approximately 50 kilometers south of Jakarta. If you live in Jakarta you can go there by driving through Jagorawi toll road. The easiest way to enter this toll road is from inner city toll road or if you live in southern Jakarta such as Pondok Indah take the outer ring road toll. Once inside the toll, find the direction to Bogor or Jagorawi Toll Road.

Alternatively, you can take a train called Pakuan from Gambir Railway Station in Jakarta. This is a commuter train, hence, it won’t be crowded during weekends.

So, next time you plan to explore Sunda, don’t forget to include Bogor as your must visit destination!

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