Aku adalah apa yang ada dipikiranmu. Jika kau berpikir aku baik, maka baiklah aku. Jika kau berpikir aku buruk, maka buruklah aku. Baik buruknya aku, tergantung bagaimana orang menilaiku.
The jewel of Bogor, Istana Bogor (Bogor Palace).
The original colonial building on the site of Istana Bogor was a mansion named Buitenzorg (also Sans Souci, meaning: Without a care in Dutch), which dates back to 1745 as a country retreat for the Dutch Governors to escape the heat and diseases of Batavia. The location for the new palace was discovered by Baron van Imhoff on 10 August 1744, in a village named "Kampong Baroe". On the site he ordered a mansion to be built.
However, in 1834, an earthquake triggered by the volcanic eruption of Mount Salak, heavily damaged the old palace of Buitenzorg. The ruined palace was then demolished and rebuilt into its present form in 1856.
The gardens of the palace covers an area of 284,000 square metres (28.4 hectares). A herd of spotted deer can be spotted roaming around the palace garden, they are native to India and Nepal. The deers were originally brought by the Governor General Daendels for hunting and sport.
The palace remained mostly unused until February 2015, when the new president Joko Widodo moved the president's office from Merdeka Palace to Bogor Palace.