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, located on the Musi River banks on the east coast of southern Sumatra, 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. The first inscription in which the name Srivijaya appears also dates from the 7th century, namely the Kedukan Bukit Inscription around Palembang in Sumatra, dated 683.
Palembang’s main landmark is Musi River 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. Another main city landmark, is a bridge crossed over 1,177 metres (3,862 feet) above the Musi River which connects Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir area of Palembang. 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. Other points of interests in Palembang includes:
- Great Mosque of Palembang, also known as the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Mosque, is located in the city centre.
- Benteng Kuto Besak, situated on the northern bank of the Musi River and adjacent to Ampera Bridge, this fort is one of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate of heritage buildings. The fort’s interior have been turned into military hospital of the Tentara Nasional Indonesia, specifically the Health Department of Military Area Command II/Sriwijaya (Kesehatan Daerah Militer II/Sriwijaya).
- Kampung Arab Al-Munawar, a mixture of middle eastern and palembangnese Malay culture and architecture. It has been long known that any visitors should dress politely in order to visit this area.
- Kampung Kapitan, the home of one of the oldest Chinese stilthouse in the city. The primary attraction is Tjoa Ham Hin’s house with centuries-old furniture inside. There was also a nearby Chinese temple, which was one of the oldest in Palembang as well. Long before its existence as the Chinese settlement area, it was also called Tanggo Rajo where foreigners and newcomers from the archipelago stayed at.
- Kantor Ledeng, located in the city centre, at first this building served as a water tower.Today this building serves as the mayor office of Palembang.
- Kambang Iwak, a lake located in the tourist centre of the city close to Palembang mayor’s residence. On the banks of this lake, there is a park and recreation arena which is always crowded during holidays.
- Punti Kayu Tourism Forest, city forest located about six miles (9.7 kilometres) from the city centre with an area of 50 hectares (120 acres) and since 1998 designated as protected forests. In this forest there is a family recreation area and a local shelter a group of monkeys: long-tail macaque (Macaca fascicularis) and monkey (Macaca nemistriana) under the Sumatran Pine wood (Pinus mercussi).
- Sriwijaya Kingdom Archaeological Park, the remnants of Sriwijaya site located on the banks of the River Musi. There is an inscription and stone relics, complex of ancient pond, artificial island and canals dated from the Srivijayan kingdom in this area. The Srivijaya Museum is located in this complex.
- Bukit Seguntang archaeological park, located in the hills west of Palembang city. In this place there are many relics and tombs of the ancient Malay-Srivijayan king and nobles.
- Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat / Monpera, located in the city centre, adjacent to the Great Mosque and Ampera Bridge. As its name in this building there are relics of history in the colonial period.
- Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, located near the Ampera Bridge and adjacent to Benteng Kuto Besak. The building located in the former royal palace of Palembang Sultanate. The museum displayed the relics and historical objects with collections spanned from Srivijaya Kingdom period to Palembang Darussalam Sultanate era.
- Rumah Limas of IDR 10000 banknote is now located in Museum Balaputradewa, Palembang.
- Museum Balaputradewa, the home of Rumah Limas featured on IDR 10000 banknote. This type of stilt house is the traditional house of the people of Palembang.
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Hotel Aryaduta Palembang
Hotel Aryaduta Palembang is located near key shopping and tourism attractions in the heart of Sumatra’s second-largest city, Aryaduta Palembang offers its international and regional guests 169 upmarket rooms and suites from its 18 floors with views of the Musi River that divides the metropolis with its upstream and downstream banks.