Palembang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, and has a history of being the capital city of the Kingdom of Srivijaya, a powerful Malay kingdom, which influenced much of 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 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. The Seberang Ilir is Palembang's economic and cultural centre and the Seberang Ulu is its political centre.
Srivijaya was then known as the wealthy trade hub as well as the center for Buddhist learnings. Monks from China, India and Java used to congregate here to learn and teach the lessons of Buddha. In AD 671 Chinese chronicles wrote that the famous Chinese Buddhist monk, I Ching sojourned in Palembang for six months on his way to India. I Ching wrote that there were more than 1.000 Buddhist monks in the city and advised Chinese monks to study Sanskrit in Palembang before proceeding to India.
While the Srivijaya kings lived inland on shore, his subjects lived along the wide Musi river, manning the powerful fleet and busily trading in gold, spices, silks, ivories and ceramics with foreign merchants who sailed in from China, India and Java. In 1025, however, the king of Chola in South India sent a fleet to Sumatra, destroying the kingdom, marking the end of its golden era.
Later, Chinese admiral Cheng Ho, emissary of the Chinese emperor visited Palembang in the 15th century.
Palembang is also known in history as the origin of the Malays whose kings are believed to have descended to earth at Gunung Siguntang, north of Palembang.
Today, not much can be seen from Srivijaya’s golden age, except for evidence of the area’s fine gold and silver songket weaving that persists until today, the fine lacquerware it produces for which Palembang is renowned, and its regal dances and opulent costumes.
Capital of the Province of South Sumatra, Palembang today thrives from coal, mined in its surroundings and from palm oil plantations. Much of the inhabitants still dwell for kilometers along the wide Musi river.
The Musi river has its source deep in the Bukit Barisan mountains, tumbling down to reach the plains where, fed by the converging Ogam and Komering rivers, it then widens into a large river as it reaches Palembang. Its many tributaries and streams that cut through Palembang, has caused this town at times to be called ‘The Venice of the East’.
The Icon of modern Palembang is the Ampera Bridge, which was opened to the public in 1965, spanning this wide river connecting both sides of the city. The view from the Musi river from this vantage point is stunning. Watch the bustling boats at the floating market by the Ampera Bridge, while at sunset the view with the many houses on stilts along both sides of the Musi and the centuries’ old quaint Chinese shop-houses, are memories to be captured on film and not easily forgotten.
North of the Ampera bridge, is the Mesjid Agung or Royal Mosque, built in 1740 by Sultan Badaruddin I, and recently restored to its former glory. This area was once the capital of a Malay Islamic kingdom which came to an end in 1825, when the last Sultan, Ahmad Najamuddin surrendered to the Dutch and was exiled to Banda Neira.
But Palembang is not only about history. On New Year’s Eve, tens of disc jockeys gather downtown to deliver brand new energy, while the traditional songket weavers and wood carvers shy away from the loud trendy exposure.
When in Palembang do not forget to try the spicy steamed river fish wrapped in banana leaves, called pindang, or Palembang’s specialty, the favourite dish called pempek dipped in aromatic sweet vinegar sauce.
Day 01 : Half Day Palembang City Tour (L, D)
You will be greeted by your tour guide / driver cum guide on arrival at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport of Palembang. Proceed with tour visiting Ampera Bridge, Monpera, Mesjid Agung, Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, Proceed with tour visiting The complex of Pasar Induk Jaka Bering and Kuto Besak Fortress then tranfered to the hotel to check in, dinner at local restaurant, free program
Day 02 : Palembang City Tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel we will start for visit to city sightseeing tours visiting Balaputra Dewa Museum, Siguntang Hill ( The Royal Graves of Sriwijaya & Javanese Kingdoms ) and the center of Songket weave to closely witness the making process. back to the hotel. dinner at local restaurant, free program
Day 03 : Musi River Tour (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, tour proceed with cruising along Musi river on the traditional boat. Stop off on Kemaro Island which is situated in the middle of river. Dinner at a floating restaurant called Waroeng Legenda while enjoying the nightlife of the locals with Ampera Bridge and Kuto besak fortrees as the back ground. Then return to the hotel.
Day 04 : Transfer Out ( B )
After breakfast at hotel, check out hotel, you will be driven to Sentra Belanja for the typical Palembang Souvernirs, such as; Pempek, Kerupuk, Kemplang, Tekwan, etc. transfer to the the Airport to your flight to next destination .
Rate: USD 400/person/twin share, Minimum 2 person
• Accommodation at the above choices hotel
• Daily transport as per itinerary
• Halal Meals as per itinerary
• Malay Or English Speaking guide as per itinerary
• Entrance fee as per itinerary
• Boat for Musi tour
Prices not Included :
• Airport tax
• Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
• Tips for guide & Driver
• High Season Surcharge (Long Weekend, Idul Fitri, Christmas and New Year)
• Other services not mention above
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