Finding stillness among the chaos in Bogor, Indonesia

Posted on November 10, 2016.

Situated on Indonesia’s largest island of Java, Bogor is a city of great historical and cultural significance. With hundreds of thousands of people living within an area of 20 kilometers squared, central Bogor is also one of the most densely populated places on Earth!

It is, however, very possible to access stillness and calm within the colorful chaos of this interesting city by visiting the following four places:

Bogor Botanical Gardens

Indonesia, Java, Bogor. The Bogor Botanical Gardens (Kebun Raya).

The Bogor Botanical gardens provide a peaceful place of reflection within the chaos of the densely populated and frenetic city.

Meander through the grounds and find yourself in a state of zen as you inhale the crisp, clean air created by the abundance of greenery. The absence of cars, scooters and trucks will provide a welcomed respite form the onslaught of city noise, and the lilly pad laden ponds create a reflective, calming atmosphere.

Due to the high rainfall of the region, the garden contains over 6,000 species of tropical plants. This includes a fine orchid collection so be sure to check out these rare beauties in the orchid enclosure.


One Earth Retreat

Dive deeper into stillness with a visit to the One Earth Retreat Center for Well-being and Self-empowerment.

Founded by Anand Krishna, this haven of spiritual connection provides courses, workshops and retreats to promote healing, rejuvenation and personal growth.

Anand Krishna is a interfaith spiritual activist. He tirelessly voices and promotes the universal values on innerPEACE, communalLOVE, and globalHARMONY to reach his vision of One Earth One Sky One Humankind.


The center offers meditation programs, yoga and other holistic therapies to uncover one’s true potential for peace and prosperity.

Whether you take a short course to learn to connect with the breath, or stay for a longer retreat, the nurturing atmosphere of One Earth will be sure to connect you with the eternal stillness within.

Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis

Treat yourself to a luxurious stay at the Royal Tulip Gunung Geulis resort, situated among lush, green mountains and flowing streams.


Royal Tulip Hotel offers offers 173 luxury hotel rooms with a sweeping vista and fresh mountain air. The sprawling 450 hectares of mountain terrain blends naturally into the golf course, giving an ambiance that is both tranquil and rewarding.

Relax by the pool, dine at the fine restaurants or even partake in a round of golf, all surrounded by Mother Nature.

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Bogor Palace:  

Visit Bogor Palace and wander through the stately grounds which are home to a herd of deer imported from Nepal.


That palace adjoins the botanical gardens and is noted for its distinctive architectural and historical features.

There are also many beautiful sculptures to admire and an impressive collection of artwork within within the various palace buildings. Architecturally pleasing, the palace and surrounding grounds provide a peaceful yet stimulating environment for history buffs, art enthusiasts and nature lovers.

So as you can see, it is indeed possible to connect with the stillness within the chaos. Bogor and its surrounding areas offer many delightful opportunities to do just that.