Palembang City

Palembang City, is one of Indonesia biggest city in Sumatra island after Medan city and the capital of South Sumatra province. Palembang was previously known as the capital city of the ancient Kingdom of Srivijaya before it went to Jambi. Since we know that Srivijaya or Sriwijaya was a strong old Malay kingdom on the island of Sumatra. Palembang is regarded as the oldest city in Indonesia based on the inscription of Kedukan Bukit, who said about the institution of the city and the capital of Sriwijaya kingdom on June 16, 682 AD. This makes the day of the Palembang anniversary.

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Palembang landmarks include the Ampere Bridge as well as the Musi River that divides the town in two, Seberang Ilir to the north west and Seberang Ulu into the southwest. The Seberang Ilir is the economic and cultural center and also the Seberang Ulu is the governmental center. Palembang town is a strategic town, regarding this is the connection way among the region in Sumatra island. Furthermore, The presence of Musi river which being crossed by the Ampera Bridge, has become the main transport among the regions. Palembang town was build along the historic time line which stay the struggles of being a story as strong as today.

The first period occur during the time of Sriwijaya Kingdom, followed by the ruin of the kingdom in other time. Other stage was start again when the time of Palembang Darussalam sultanate before the phase of colonialism at the present time. By those stages Palembang nowadays is already become a substantial town in Indonesia. Palembang inhabitants are cultural of Malays, plus they use Bahasa Melayu in daily talking which is already regulated by a local dialect known as the Language of Palembang. Beside the natives individuals, in Palembang there is also a few more immigrant, such as the Javanese, Minangkabau, Madurese, Bugis and Banjar. Others are Tionghoa, Arabic and Indian. Palembang is famous with its own food of Pempek Pelembang, and become more popular in others place in Indonesia. Beside pempek, individuals need to know that Palembang has destinations to go like, Musi river, Ampera Bridge, the fantastic Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Mosque of Palembang, Kuto Besak jack, Kambang Iwak Family Park, Punti Kayu forest tourism, Sriwijaya primordial tourism, Bukit Siguntang primordial tourism, Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat, Museum of Balaputradewa, Museum of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, Textile museum, Sriwijaya Cheng-Ho Mosque, Songket handicraft centre and a lot more.