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Living in Bogor | Housing | Schooling | Community Groups | Church Services | Shopping | Recreation

Living in Bogor vs Jakarta

The temperatures are definitely cooler in Bogor than Jakarta, especially at elevated locations where you get a breeze. While living in Ciawi (South Bogor), we originally purchased two air conditioners, but never installed them. With clean air even the warmest afternoon is tolerable.

There is heavy traffic on the main roads in Bogor, where there seems to be an angkot (public transport) for every family.  There is serious congestion at the Ciawi toll road exit on those weekends when half of Jakarta tries to go to Puncak.  I now live near the end of the toll road in Bogor and commute to Jakarta in less than 90 minutes (leaving before 6 am or after 9 am). The return trip takes 60 minutes (leaving before 4 pm).

There are nice housing areas in both Ciawi and Bogor that have easy access to the toll road. There are a couple of nice housing complexes both south (Vila Duta and Lakeside) and north (Bogor Baru) of the toll road exit.

There is an expatriate community in Bogor which is centered around the International School (their support group publishes a directory) and CIFOR.

A few differences: Bogor restaurants are not as nice as those in Bandung and Jakarta. There may be some little illegal shops, but haven’t found them yet.

The Center for International Forestry Research has foreign researchers coming for short term study and research projects and meetings in Bogor. They have some good relocation information on their site on their What's Up CIFOR site.


Preferred housing areas include Taman Kencana, Villa Duta, Bogor Baru, Sempur and Sentul. Read more

Schooling in Bogor

Sekolah Bogor Raya
Perumahan Danau Bogor Raya (Bogor Lakeside)
Bogor, West Java 16143
Tel. 0251 8378873
Email [email protected]
Facebook page Indonesian Twitter pages

School Director: Gerald Donovan
Enrollment: 700+

Sekolah Bogor Raya is Bogor’s leading International Standard school. Founded in 1995, we provide both locally and internationally accredited curricula in a green and pleasant environment in the picturesque Bogor Lakeside residential complex, near the main Bogor Toll exit.

Sekolah Bogor Raya is a multi-faith school with students from many different nationalities and backgrounds. Our school runs from Playgroup up to Senior High School and our students come mostly from the Bogor, Sentul, and Cibubur areas. A bus service is available to and from most locations.

Central to our teaching and learning programs are a commitment to developing;

  • English Language Fluency – Sekolah Bogor Raya students use English as their main language of instruction and develop fluency both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Technological Expertise – Sekolah Bogor Raya students start using laptops in Grade 1 and technology is not just viewed as a stand alone subject, it is integral to all our curricular areas, from Art and Design to Mathematics.
  • Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning – Sekolah Bogor Raya programs stimulate students to pose their own questions and use first hand resources to investigate their world.

Our national and international accreditation includes;

  • IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) PYP (Primary Years Program) Accredited
  • Cambridge International Centre Accredited for IGCSE
  • ANPS (Association of National & SPK Schools) Accredited - A Rating
  • Indonesian Government Accredited at Every Level - A Rating
  • GAC (Global Assessment Certificate) Accredited

International School of Bogor
Jalan Papandayan No. 7
Bogor, Indonesia 16151
Tel. (0251) 324-360
Fax (0251) 328-512


Community Groups

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Church Services in Bogor

Bogor English Service

Graha Amal Kasih (across the Club House) Bogor Lakeside, Bogor Every Sunday at 5:00 pm. Speakers are: Rev. Mike Hilliard, Rev. Rishi Anandani, and others

Contact Person : Monica Cordelia Kaha
Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-4:15 pm
Saturday 8:30 am-12 Noon
3rd Floor Setyajaya Building, Jl.Pajajaran 23, Bogor 16143

Interdenominational Services in English

Held at 10:30 am on Sunday at Gereja Baptis Pabaton, Jl Sawojajar 1 (near Bogor Permai Restaurant). Contact Bapak Kartiyarso (0251) 832-3206.

The Diocese of Bogor (Roman Catholic) has English Mass Services on Saturdays at 05:30 pm at:

Susteran Gembala Baik
Convent of The Good Shepherd Sisters
Jl. Raya Pajajaran Mo. 6
SMK Baranangsiang, Bogor
Tel. (0251) 832-1270

Newcomers are invited to come and to celebrate mass and to worship together.

Shopping in the Bogor area


Recreation in the Bogor area

One of the most famous attractions in Bogor is the "Kebun Raya", the Bogor Botanical Gardens. Officially opened in 1817, the gardens offer interesting walks and viewings of tropical foliage. The Istana Bogor, or Bogor Palace, is located in the gardens, in the northwestern corner. White spotted deer can be spotted grazing around the palace.

The Gong Factory and the Wayang Golek Museum draw visitors interested in the local Sundanese cultural traditions.

For leisure fishing, there's a little-known spot in Bogor, located in a valley with a view of Mt. Salak where people can fish. Freshwater fishing that is, carp, catfish, etc. There's a Restaurant as well, serving great Indonesian cuisine, 'lesehan style' called Fishing Valley and it's located on Jl. Pemda Raya No. 107 Location map's included on the website.

The Sentul International Circuit offers motorcycle racing.

Jakarta Perkumpulan Equestrian Center offers horseback riding in Sentul City.

Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park

Cirata Lake - Fishing

The Graham Yallop Oval in Pancawati, Caringin, is available for cricket, rugby, AFL and camping. For information on cricket teams in Bogor, contact Robert Baldwin Hp 0815-92317115 or [email protected]

If you have additional information about expat living in Bogor, please contact us.

Our thanks to Karl Knapp and Brian O'Malie for sharing information on Bogor with the community!

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