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 can also find unfinished products, those which have not been softened or painted. Workers in each shop usually give their final touch before sale.
Gold is the most dominant color in Palembang carvings. It distinguishes Palembang carvings from carving products from other parts of Indonesia, such as Jepara in Central Java.
Cupboards bodies, doors, or glass, as well as picture frames are usually painted in gold color. Other parts are covered by dark red and black colors. Pictures of flowers in black make these carvings more beautiful.
You won’t find any difficulty finding local food here. Not far from Palembang Grand Mosque, you can enjoy Palembang traditional foods like empek-empek panggang and kerupuk (crackers) for Rp 1,500 to Rp 23,000 (15 cents to 2.30 US Dollars) per piece, depending where you eat. In addition, there is a food stall selling es belimbing (star fruit ice). It is the only food stall that sells es belimbing. Its name is Ujuk. On the Musi River, there are floating restaurants where you could dine while seeing the Ampera Bridge.
You can certainly buy carvings here. You can also walk near the Musi River to find a market which sells various types of local souvenirs. There is also a Songket (woven fabric) center, which is located two kilometers away from this market.
It is easy to find hotels in Palembang. You can find star-rated or ordinary hotels along Kapten A Rivai, Sudirman, R Sukamto, Veteran, and POM IX Streets.
You can buy, see, or ask about the carvings paint and raw materials. These materials are usually made from natural sources.
To explore this carving center, it is best for you to walk so as to insure optimum ‘hunting’.
Faqih Jalaluddin Street is located near the Palembang Grand Mosque, which is ground zero of the oldest city in Indonesia. You can go to Palembang by taxi or rented car from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport on Tanjung Api-Api Street in Palembang, which is accessible from Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Thailand.
In the City Center, there are nine types of public transportation including seven city buses from various destinations that can take you to Ampera available for only Rp 1,500 to Rp 5,000 (15 cents to 50 cents US).