Kuto Besak Fortress, The Icon Of South Sumatra

Standing atop the 10 meters high and 288.75 meters long thick walls of Kuto Besak Fortress, one looks down on the passing boats and ships on the Musi River below. Built during the 17th century, Kuto Besak Fort is a legacy of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, that ruled from 1550-1823. Acting as a defense post, the location of[…]

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Ampera Bridge in Palembang

Palembang On The Musi River

Palembang, the second largest town on Sumatra after Medan, was once the celebrated seat of the rich and powerful Srivijaya kingdom, that for more than three centuries – from the 9th to the 11th century – reigned supreme over the Sumatra seas up to and including the strategic Straits of Malacca. Srivijaya was then known as the[…]

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Ampera Bridge, The icon of Palembang

Ampera Bridge, The Icon Of Palembang City

Ampera Bridge was constructed in April 1962, after getting approval of President Soekarno. At first, this 1,177 meters long and 22 meters wide bridge was called Bung Karno Bridge. It was officially opened on 30 September 1965 by Let. Gen. Ahmad Yani. However, following a political turmoil in 1966 i.e., when anti-Soekarno movement was stronger,[…]

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The Great Mosque of Palembang, South Sumatra

Palembang Grand Mosque, The Inheritances Of The Palembang Sultanate

Palembang Grand Mosque is one of the inheritances of the Palembang Sultanate. This mosque is known as the center of Palembang city. It was built from 1738 to 1748 by Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I, also known as Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jaya Wikramo. Some say it was the largest mosque in Indonesia at that time. When[…]

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The wood carving center in Palembang

Palembang’s Wood Carving

The wood carving center in Palembang is located on Faqih Jalaluddin Street, near the Palembang Grand Mosque. Dozens of showrooms, which are also used to give finishing touches to wood carvings, are available in this city center. Palembang wood carvings, which are identified by dark red and golden colors, are displayed along this street. You[…]

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Kamaro Island, South Sumatra

Kamaro Island : Festive Cap Go Meh Celebrations

Ever since the 9th century when the ancient kingdom of Srivijaya became a thriving trading power and an epicenter for Buddhist learnings, Chinese merchants came to trade in Palembang and monks stayed here to study Sanskrit before proceeding to India, or on their journey home from India. Many settled in the city so that through[…]

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The Museum of South Sumatra

The South Sumatra Museum, The Balaputera Dewa Museum

The South Sumatra Museum consists of two smaller museums, Balaputera Dewa and Sriwijaya. This museum is more popularly known as Balaputera Dewa Museum. Balaputera Dewa Museum is a public museum which stores and maintains historical and cultural objects. Balaputra Dewa is the name of a Sriwijaya king. This 23,565 square meter (5.8 acres) museum has[…]

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Inside The Sultan Mahmud Baharuddin II Museum

Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, The Palace Of Palembang Sultanate

Take a trip back in time and explore the history of Palembang by stepping into the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum (SMB II). Not only is the museum rich in its collections, but the building itself is a historical legacy, as it is a monument of the golden age of the Palembang Sultanate. Located on[…]

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