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

 

Bogor is the 14th largest city in Indonesia, with a population of approximately 800,000.

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 general relocation information on their site on their What's Up CIFOR site.

 

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.  From near the end of the toll road in Bogor the commute to Jakarta in approximately 90 minutes (leaving before 6 am or after 9 am). The return trip takes 60 minutes (leaving before 4 pm). There are several road projects in the works that are aimed at alleviating congestion by road widening and converting to one-way streets.

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

Another difference between Bogor and Jakarta is that the restaurants in Bogor are less varied and not as nice as those in Bandung and Jakarta.

Housing

There are nice housing areas in both Ciawi and Bogor that have easy access to the toll road. Housing areas preferred by expats include Laekside, Taman Kencana, Villa Duta, Bogor Baru, Sempur, Sentul and Pakuan Hill Bogor (near Ekolokasari Mall). Read more

Do a search on the Expat Forum for housing listings in Bogor, or post what type of housing you are searching for in the Home Search channel.

Schooling in Bogor

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

School Director: Adam Marra
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.

Dining Out

Try out Bogor Permai Bakery, Roti Unyil Venus, and Lasagna Gulung.

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 www.fishingvalley.net 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 at Taman Olahraga Pancawati 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]

Vila Botani offers wonderful outdoors/adventure vacations and a destination for rustic corporate gatherings - explore the rain forest and village living!

The mountainous area of Puncak is nearby, but the traffic is horrendous on the weekends and holidays, due to the influx of visitors from Jakarta.


If you have additional information about expat living in Bogor to share with newcomers, please contact us.

 

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

 

Last updated September 22, 2016

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