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Bogor History
by: Editorial Team

Maybe the most picturesque of West Java’s “escape routes” from Jakarta is the ascent into the dramatic Parahyangan highlands to the south of the city. First stop along this route is the town of Bogor - only an hour’s drive (60 kms) from the city via the Jagorawi Expressway. Situated about 80 kms (50 miles) inland and 290 meters (900 feet) above sea level in the foothill of Mount Salak, it probably has the highest annual rainfall on Java and is credited with a record 322 thunderstorms a year. This is the reason why Bogor is called "Rainy City".

Here are some historical facts about Bogor:

  • It was originally named Buitenzorg by the Dutch during the colonial era.
  • Governor General van Imhoff built his country estate by the same name here as early as 1745, and it became a favorite place of retreat for later governors as well.
  • Sir Stamford Raffles made Bogor his country home during the short British rule of Indonesia from 1811 to 1816.
  • A railway was completed in 1873 between Batavia and Buitenzorg.
  • Raffles called Bogor a "romantic little village", but it has today grown to be almost a suburb of Jakarta, with a population of more than 700.000. It is still growing quickly, maybe faster than Jakarta itself.

Here is a list of things to do in Bogor:

  • Where to Explore in Bogor
  • Where to Shop in Bogor
  • Where to Eat in Bogor
  • Where to Stay in Bogor

About The Author

Editorial Team, Editor

This article is written by Streetdirectory Editorial team. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

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