We have compiled some information about our city, which may be useful if you are considering joining with us as a volunteer or a sponsor, but have never visited Bogor before.
- Bogor is located in West Java, approximately 60kms south of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.
- Bogor has a population of around 3 million, inclusive of suburban areas.
- It is known as the “city of rain” for its high annual rainfall, and it has a considerably cooler average monthly temperature than Jakarta due to its higher altitude.
- The official language is Bahasa Indonesia.
- The traditional regional language, Sundanese, is widely spoken.
- English is the most widely spoken foreign language.
- Islam is the dominant religion.
- Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, and Buddhist communities are also represented.
Activities in Bogor
- The Bogor Botanical Gardens were founded in 1811 and are considered world class.
- Cap Go Meh features a parade and art performances for Chinese New Year.
- The Bogor Cultural Festival celebrates the anniversary of the city.
- Bogor is famous for its markets and factory clothing outlets.
- Every Sunday morning, a section of Bogor’s main road is car-free, to allow for jogging and social fitness.
Common Transport in Bogor
- Angkots, small buses that service the whole city, are the most popular and affordable transport option.
- Ojeg, motorcycles servicing all areas, are available to take single passengers on request.
- Taxis are available but are not a popular option due to limited numbers and high cost.
- Trains are available on a regular basis to major centres including Jakarta.
- Delman, a small horse and cart, are available for short trips in the Botanical Gardens area.
- Walking and cycling are also possible due to Bogor’s convenient size.
Typical Food in Bogor
- Roti Unyil is a small bread snack, containing a range of fillings such cheese, sausage, chocolate, banana, or coconut.
- Toge Goreng is a popular stir fry of bean sprouts with rice dumplings and sambal (chilli paste).
- Mie Golosor is a traditional type of slippery yellow noodle, served with green vegetables and peanut sauce.
- Talas is Bogor’s signature vegetable, a tuber similar to sweet potato which can be stewed, boiled, or fried.
- Asinan is a salad of preserved raw fruit, served in a sweet, spicy, salty, and sour sauce, which is unique to Bogor.