Among the trees in Bogor

Among the trees in Bogor

This past Friday was Chinese New Year and with a large minority of people of Chinese ancestry in Indonesia, it is a national holiday and three day weekend.  On Saturday, we went to the outskirts of the city to visit the Bogor Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest and largest in the world.   In the 15th century, the area was a samida, a man-made forest to protect important and rare trees.  Today it is a 200 acre park with walking trails meandering through the 15,000 species of labeled trees and plants collected throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia.  Since Indonesian climate is ideal for them, the orchid house was a structure open to the outside with netting for a roof providing shade.   We spent the morning walking through the park, running back and forth across a suspended bridge over a raging river, and marveling at the incredible forest and tropical gardens.   As predicted, we were as far away from the exit as possible when the kids decided they were suddenly hungry and couldn’t walk anymore.

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