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
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.
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
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