Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jakarta Travels: Taman Bunga Nusantara - National Flower Park (?)

Last week I went to a place called Taman Bunga Nusantara, roughly translated to “National Flower Park” (?), not really sure though. It’s basically a compilation of themed flower garden in a big flower park. Gardens in a park. Erm..

It’s located a little far outside Jakarta. It’s in Puncak, Bogor. I suggest you bring your own vehicle, because the road is unbelievably challenging.

First you will face the famous puncak road (Puncak means summit).On holidays, this road has a one-way-open-and-close system. 2 hours only for one way up, and 2 hours only for one way down. We arrived at the highway when the road is open for “down way” and we have to wait for about an hour before the road opened for “up way”. Kudos to my friend who drove the car!

On the way, we got hungry and decided to eat at a restaurant called “Cimory Resto”. Cimory is a famous yogurt brand in Indonesia. They open up a restaurant with various food, drinks and dessert menu. It was very spacious and relaxing, especially for an office worker like me who just dying for fresh air and green scenery.
The view from our table
We continued the trip and it took about another 2 hours after Cimory restaurant. I think it’s not that far, but the road was narrow and rocky so we couldn’t drive with high speed. When we finally arrive, the sun felt so hot but the air was chilly. We paid Rp. 30,000 for entrance ticket (about USD 3.00).
It's a VERY, VERY spacious park. So happy seeing various and colorful pretty flowers that look like a big carpet. 

I can say that I’m not a huge fan of flowers, but apparently they ARE pretty.

They even have Japanese Garden and they call it 日本苑 (にほんえん - nihon'en), with all the ponds and fishes and bridges. How nice.

We spent about 4 hours in the park and DID NOT make it through all of the themed gardens. It was sooo huge. Well to be fair we did many stops and these stops took much time because we would take a lot of pictures. Like, A LOT. Oh yes, we are the selfie-nuts.

If you want to visit this place, make sure to wear your most comfortable shoes. Because you’ll walk a lot and the shuttle car only goes in the main road of the garden. No need to bring a lot of water because you can find cafes inside. All in all, the hours of trip was paid off.

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