Bogor conveniently located in the western part of java. Bogor is a city located 60 km south of Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. The area is mainly residential, home to thousands of commuters who travel back and forth every day to make a living in the capital city. However, during the weekend, it is the Jakarta residents who flock to Bogor. The come to shop at numerous factory outlet stores, or to enjoy the cool air of Puncak, a highland area in the outskirts of Bogor.
At the center of the city lies te Bogor Palace, one of 6 Presidential Palaces in Indonesia. The palace is famous for its collection of artworks such as paintings and statues from around the world. Within the palace precincts, hundreds of spotted deers are living peacefully, feeding on the green grass that covers the ground.
Adjoining the palace is the lush Bogor Botanical Garden, which offers a refreshing sight and atmosphere amid the bustling commercial area. The garden houses more than 15.000 species of trees and plants, including some 3000 varieties of orchid. It is a must visit for travelers.
Bogor has been called “Rainy City”, although in the recent years it’s not as rainy as it used to be. You can still expect heavy rain in the middle of dry season, so always prepare an umbrella just in case. Bogor has a mild climate with two seasons that are summer and rainy with average temperature 260C. When summer weather can be very warm with temperature around 30.40C in March to October. In winter seasons can be very cold with the average of temperature around 21.80C most commonly happen in November to March.
Bogor is a multicultural city with a multicultural population living in harmony. In Bogor, everyone is free to worship according to their own beliefs. There are five religions in the country i.e, Islam, Catholic, Protestant, Hindu and Buddha.
The official language is Bahasa Indonesia but English able to be practiced by academician in the campus. In Bogor the most people communicate with Sundanese (Bahasa Sunda). Sundanese is one of region language in West Java, Indonesia.
In general, the office working hours in Bogor are 08:00 am – 04:00 pm on weekdays, and 08:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturdays (closed on Sundays and public holidays). Shops usually open from 10:00 am to 09:00 pm while restorants may operate between 07:00 am and midnight in most places.
Shopping for daily Necessities
During the first few days of your arrival, you will be to buy some of the daily necessities at the minimarket or supermarket.
The Indonesia unit of currency is Rupiah (Rp). You can exchange your foreign currency into Indonesian Rupiah according to the daily exchange rates at any bank or money changer in Indonesia. The value is approximately $1 USD equal to Rp 13,000. You can get the following denominations:
Coins: 100, 200, 500, 1000 Rupiah
Banknotes: 1000, 2000, 5000, 10.000, 20.000, 50.000, and 100.000 Rupiah
In Indonesia, cash payment is still play a large role in everyday life. However many of your regular payments, such as rent or utilities. Remain banks in Bogor open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days (Monday to Friday), but all are closed on Saturday, Sunday and national holidays.
Money can also be changed at the money changer. You can do transaction or debt your money directly at the bank teller or from an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine). MasterCard, Visa are widely accepted and there is a dense network of ATMs throughout the country. Automatic teller Machine (ATMs) are readily available for withdrawals 24 hours a day. Most of supermarkets also have Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale terminals where you can pay for goods directly from your bank account. For this reason, it is not necessary for you to carry large amounts of cash with you.
Electricity Electricity in Indonesia is 220 volts AC and 50 Hz cycle power. While your 110 volt appliances from your home country will work with a transformer and plug adapter, you may not be able to service them or get spare parts in Indonesia. The holes in most of the electrical plugs/outlets in Indonesia look like this .