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Palembang is the second-largest city on Sumatra island after Medan and the capital city of the South Sumatra province in Indonesia. It is one of the oldest cities in the Malay Archipelago and Southeast Asia. Palembang is located on the Musi River banks on the east coast of southern Sumatra.

Palembang is the oldest city in Indonesia, and has a history of being the capital city of the Kingdom of Srivijaya, a powerful Malay kingdom, which influenced many areas in Southeast Asia. The earliest evidence of its existence dates from the 7th century; a Chinese monk, Yijing, wrote that he visited Srivijaya in the year 671 for 6 months.

Palembang's main landmarks include Ampera Bridge and Musi River, the latter of which divides the city into two.


The north bank of river in Palembang is known as Seberang Ilir and the south bank of the river in Palembang is known as Seberang Ulu. This city was known as a host city for 2011 Southeast Asian Games. Additionally, 2018 Asian Games is going to be held in the city along with Jakarta.

Palembang has networks of mini-bus routes for the main form of public transport and the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, Trans Musi as well. Palembang also has a large number of taxis.

The city is served by Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport which located 12 km northwest from city centre. The Airport has scheduled flights to many cities in Indonesia and to Singapore by Scoot, Silk Air and Jetstar Asia, and also to Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia. This Airport also serves other cities around South Sumatra Province. To make arrangements for a taxi from Airport to city centre, contact one the taxi operators or travel agents that have counter in the Airport.

Popular attractions in Palembang:

• Musi River
• Ampera Bridge
• Great Mosque of Palembang
• Benteng Kuto Besak
• Bukit Seguntang Archaeological Park
• Sriwijaya Kingdom Archaeological Park

• Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II
• Museum Balaputradewa
• Kambang Iwak
• Punti Kayu Tourism Forest



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