Expat Living in Bogor, West Java
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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.
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.
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
School Director: Adam Marra
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;
Our national and international accreditation includes;
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
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
Newcomers are invited to come and to celebrate mass and to worship together.
Try out Bogor Permai Bakery, Roti Unyil Venus, and Lasagna Gulung.
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.
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 - 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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