Bogor botanical garden reopened, foreign tourists arrive

Tens of European tourists arrived in Bogor botanical garden on Tuesday morning (11/21/06), one day after US President George W. Bush held talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at presidential palace which is next to the garden.

Some twenty Danish travelers were the first group of foreign holidaymakers who arrived in the botanical garden after the vast park was closed on Saturday.

The closure of the research center was made for the security of Bush`s visit on Monday.

The Danish tourists were clearly seen enjoying panorama of the botanical garden without fear of visiting the 80-hectare park, which is home to some 15,000 rare tropical plants.

Botanical garden`s spokesperson Sugiarti said here Tuesday her office officially reopened it for public on November 21.

Scores of security personnel were still guarding the garden when the European tourists arrived.

Some roads leading to the botanical garden, schools, markets, and kiosks were reopened Tuesday morning after being closed on the previous day.

Bush and his entourage including US First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived at Halim Perdanakusuma military airport on Monday at 3.30 p.m. using Air Force One and proceeded to Bogor aboard Sukorsky Black Hawk Marine One helicopter.

Bush left Indonesia for his country from Halim Perdanakusa military airport, north of Bogor, at 10.30 p.m. Monday