One of the world's great botanical treasure troves.
One of the world's great botanical treasure troves. The Kebon Raya was officially established by the Dutch in 1817 under the directorship of C.G.C Reinwardt, and he and subsequent generation of botanists performed the Herculean feat of assembling over 15,000 species of tropical plants from around the world. Within the carefully laid-out 87 hectares are over 400 palm species, 5000 trees and orchid house with 3000 varieties.Near the entrance of gardens is a zoological museum with an immense collections (300,000 specimens) of land and sea creatures from throughout Indonesia. The museum also boats a fine library, the skeleton of a blue whale, and the last Rhino (stuffed) found on the Bandung Plateau.