is one of 6 Presidential Palaces
. The palace is noted for its distinctive architectural, historical, features, as well as the adjoining botanical gardens
. Istana Bogor was opened to the public in 1968 to public tour groups (not individuals), with the permission of the then President of Indonesia
. The number of visitors annually is approximately 10,000 people.
The gardens of the palace have an area of 284,000 square metres (28.4 hectares
The original colonial
building on the site of Istana Bogor was a mansion named Buitenzorg
(also Sans Souci
), which was built from August 1744 as a country retreat for the Dutch
Governors, including also during the period of British
administration. Notable occupants of the mansion include Herman Willem Daendels
and Sir Stamford Raffles
This building was substantially damaged by an earthquake in 1834, triggered by the volcanic eruption
of Mount Salak
. The palace was rebuilt into its present form in 1856— this time with only one storey instead of the original three, as a precaution against further earthquakes.
From 1870 to 1942 the Istana Bogor served as the official residence of the Dutch Governors General
. After Indonesian independence, the palace was much used by President Sukarno
, but then largely neglected by Suharto
when he came to office.
The grounds of the estate contain several buildings - the largest of which is the main palace and its two wings. The main palace... Read More