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Greater Jakarta: Slum area turned into bonsai garden

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 13 2019   /  01:06 am

A community group in Depok, West Java, has transformed a slum area into a garden of bonsai trees. Bonsai is the Japanese and Chinese art of cultivating delicate trees and shrubs into miniature ornamental trees.The 6,000-square meter garden, located on Jl. Pertamina and founded in 2013 by a group calling itself Our Kampung Depok Community (K3D), is believed to be the second-largest in Greater Jakarta after the one in Pluit, North Jakarta.K3D leader Bowo said the slum area used to be infamous for people drinking alcohol and committing “indecent acts”.“This place was even used by people to dispose of their garbage. You can imagine how dirty it was,” Bowo told kompas.com on Saturday.The community then took the initiative to transform the site, and currently it houses thousands of miniature trees for residents to enjoy. Performances by various art communities also enliven the area in ...