NEAR among green trees and views as far as the eye could see, was one of pleasure during the holidays at a tourist attraction that has a nature theme. Want to feel all that? If it happened in Bogor, West Java, do not forget to stop at the Bogor Botanical Gardens.
Located 60 kilometers south of Jakarta, or about one hour drive from Jakarta, you will find a botanical garden that offers more than 400 species of palms, 5,000 trees collected from throughout the tropics, and a house that has 3000 varieties of orchids.
Records show, Bogor Botanical Garden is home to 3504 plant species, 1273 genera in 199 families. If not, do not imagine how the diversity of his collection. For those who’ve never visited, the fresh air might be calling you to return.
Apart from being a place of recreation, Bogor Botanical Garden also serves as a conservation plant, a research center for taxonomy and plant utilization. In horticulture, the garden serves as a place to study adaptation of plants, planting and crop development.
Tracing the story of the formation, this botanical garden is the result of initiation of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (about 1811-1816) who was then appointed Governor General of East Indies during the British rule in the archipelago.
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles bring in plants from the botanic gardens of Kew Gardens in England who planted this plantation house. After that, the botanical garden was officially founded by the Dutch in 1817 under the director of the CGC Reinwardt. This garden is a memorial for his wife Raffles.
Besides traveling the Bogor Botanical Gardens, you can also see the Bogor Palace was built by Governor-General van Imhoff. Bogor Palace in the middle of the green lawn where hundreds of spotted deer grazing every day.
Near the entrance to the garden, you can also find the Museum of Zoology who has a collection of about 300,000 species of terrestrial and marine animals from all over Indonesia. Some of his collection is the blue whale skeleton, the last rhinos found in the highlands of Bandung, and a "living fossil" coelacanth fish found in North Sulawesi.
If after reading this article, you want to go back to feel the air freshness, immediately prepare a plan to visit on the weekends. If coming from out of town, a visit to Bogor Botanical Garden seems to pity to miss.