Teaching English in Bogor

Bogor is a city in Western Java, Indonesia. Located around 60 kilometres (37 mi) south of the national capital of Jakarta, Bogor is the 14th largest city in Indonesia. Bogor is an important economic, scientific, cultural and tourist centre, as well as a mountain resort.

The city has a colourful history. During the Middle Ages, Bogor served as the capital of the Sunda Kingdom. In the Dutch colonial period, it was named Buitenzorg (meaning “Without worries” in Dutch) and served as the summer residence of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies.

With several hundred thousand people living in an area of about 20 km2 (7.7 sq mi), the central part of Bogor is one of the world’s most densely populated areas. The city has a presidential palace and a botanical garden – one of the oldest and largest in the world. It bears the nickname “the Rain City” (Kota Hujan), because of frequent rain showers.

City Statistics

  • Population: 1,000,000
  • Public Transportation: Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Jakarta is the closest airport (55 km away). Taxis, buses, motorcycle taxis (ojek), minibuses (angkot), and rickshaws (becak) to get around town. Intercity travel is available via train.
  • Language: Bahasa Indonesia, Sudanese
  • Climate: Tropical Rainforest Climate, average temperature 25°c
  • Number of Schools: EF English First has two schools in Bogor

What Makes Bogor Unique

  • Bogor Botanical Gardens – Founded in 1817, the gardens are the largest in Indonesia and among the most extensive in the world, with over 6,000 species of tropical plants. It is the primary tourist attraction in Bogor and is mostly responsible for the 60,000+ international visitors to the city every year.
  • Presidential Palace – Built during colonial days as the residence of the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, this landmark is now used as the Summer Palace for the president of Indonesia. The palace is accessible to the public on most holidays.
  • Bogor Cathedral – One of the oldest operational Catholic churches in Indonesia, it was built in 1750. A stunning example of classical Dutch colonial architecture, it is well worth a visit.
  • Mount Gede Pangrango National Park – Active visitors, hike to the summit of this nearby peak for fresh, clean air and vibrant vistas. The park is open year round.
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