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Living in Bogor | Schooling | 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 relocations information on their site on Living and Working in Bogor.

See also Bogor International School's 'Life in Bogor" page

Schooling in Bogor

Sekolah Bogor Raya
Perumahan Danau Bogor Raya (Bogor Lakeside)
Bogor, West Java 16143
Tel. 0251 8378873
Email admissions@sekolahbogorraya.com
Website: www.sekolahbogorraya.com
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 Plus School) 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

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

  • There are several nice malls in Bogor including Botani Square (near the toll road - and Ekalokasari (further south).
  • And one of the drawbacks of living in Bogor is the absence of any place to purchase wine or spirits. 
  • PT Kebun Sayur Segar (organic vegetable farm)
    Jl. Raya Parung No. 546
    Parung, Bogor
    (0251) 619-915
  • Mega Surya Organic Farm
    Andy.wahyudi@gmail.com

Recreation in the Bogor area

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.

Biking on the Back Roads of Bogor - Richard shares GPS info, routes and pictures of his biking treks from Bogor

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

For cricket teams in Bogor, contact Robert Baldwin for details 0815-92317115 or baldyciawi@gmail.com

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!

Last updated December 18, 2012.

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