Spread over a basin fringed by Mount Gede and Mount Salak, Bogor lies 54 km south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, which together with the nearby cities of Tangerang, Bekasi and Depok form one of the world’s biggest urban agglomeration with a combined population of more than 27 million people.
However unlike its industrial neighbors to the north, Bogor is known for its year-round temperate climate, thanks to its geographical position. Formerly known as Buitenzorg, Dutch for ‘without a care’ or ‘sans souci’, the then small retreat town captivated Gustaaf Willem van Imhoff, who served as the governor-general in the Dutch East Indies from 1743 until his death in 1750, and inspired him to build a residential building at a picturesque, forested area in town.
The forest was in fact man made, established by Prabu Siliwangi of the Sunda Kingdom around the late 15th to…
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