The Jakarta Post
Lush, green surroundings are seen at Bogor Botanical Garden in West Java. (Bogor Botanical Garden/-)
Visitors to the Bogor Botanical Garden in West Java can now explore easily using a dedicated mobile app called Jelajah Kebun Raya Bogor.
Available since November last year, the free-to-download app for Android users features navigation and a list of points of interest, as well as historical facts and information on the plants and interesting sites.
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) - Bogor Botanical Garden's Plants Conservation Center (PKT) information and cooperation subdivision head, Rosniati Apriani Risna, told Antara news agency on Friday that the app aimed to improve services for visitors.
"We only have six guides," said Risna, adding that the garden usually attracts between 1,000 and 2,500 visitors every day. But during weekends and holidays, the number may increase to 4,000 and even 10,000.
Around 40 points of interests are said to be featured on the app, such as a monument of (Caspar Georg Carl) Reinwardt, a Prussian-born Dutch botanist who was considered to be the garden's founding father, Pohon Jodoh (matchmaker tree) and the Bogor Palace.
"Thanks to the navigation feature, users can simply click one spot to read the description of it and find out how to reach the place," said Risna.
To further increase the app's capabilities, new features are said to be added, such as public facility information like restaurants, restrooms and praying rooms, as well as a service that gathers visitors' complaints.
"We're also planning to create garden barcodes as we aim to become a smart garden, which will allow visitors to simply tap their phones to the barcode to read information regarding the park's collections," said Risna. (kes)