AMPERA BRIDGE

What fairly seen about Palembang city? It is definitely The Ampera Bridge. This bridge is typically Palembang city icon that located in the heart of Palembang city, that connected Seberang Ulu area and Seberalng Ilir that separated by the Musi River. The idea to unite the two mainland in Palembang "Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir" by the bridge, was actually existed since Gemeente era in 1906, when the Mayor of Palembang is held by Le Cocq de Ville, in1924. This idea was raised again and made a lot of effort to realize it. However, until Le Cocq was out of duty, or when the Dutch pull out of Indonesia, the project was never realized. Until 1965, this bridge was officially opened by Bung Karno, the Indonesia’s first President. The idea of this bridge came up to be a match for London’s Tower Bridge and the fund for the development is taken by Japanase war reparations, with Fuji Car Manufacturing Co. Ltd as the designer and constractioner. After the development, the early name of the bridge was Bung Karno Bridge, but following his fall, it was renamed to Ampera Bridge. The middle part of Ampera Bridge, duringthe first built, along 71.90 meters, with a 22 meters wide. Part of the bridge that the overall weight of 944 tons can be lifted at a speed of about 10 meters per minute. The two tower liftng is stand tall as high as 63 meters. The distance between the two towers is 75 meters. Two tower is equipped with two pendulum weights, each about 500 tons. At first, the center of the body bridge can be lifted up, so that the mast through body does not get caught underneath the bridge. The middle part of the bridge can be removed with mechanical equipment, two pendulum weights each of about 500 tons in the two towers. Appointment velocity of about 10 meters per minute for a total time required for full lift bridge for 30 minutes. At the center of the bridge is lifted, vessels of 60 meters wide and with a maximum height of 44.50 meters, can pass to the Musi River. When the central part of the bridge is not removed, the higher the maximum vessel can pass under the bridge only nine meters from the surface of the river water. Since 1970, the bridge shall no longer be increased or decreased. The reason, the time used to lift the bridge, which is about 30 minutes, is considered disturbing the flow of traffic between Seberang Ulu and Ilir, two areas in Palembang that separated by the Musi River.

KEMARO ISLAND

Kemaro Island is one of most popular destinations in South Sumatera. This island is located in a smaal delta of Musi River, about 6km downstream of Ampera Bridge. Kemaro Island is lies in between the industrial areas of Sriwijaya Fertilizer Plant and Pertamina Oil Refinery in Plaju and Gerong River. It precisely located for about 40km from Palembang. When visiting Kemaro Island, there will be a Chinese Vihara or Klenteng with 9 stairs, typically Chinese building in the middle of the island. This Hok Tjiang Rio temple was build since 2006 and becomes the signature icon in this island. Moreover, on the island there is a Buddha temple that oftenly visited by Buddhists follower to pray or to visit the graves. This island becomes more crowded during Chinese festivals like Cap Go Meh or Imlek New Year. In front of Klenteng, there is grave yard of Prince Tan Bun An from Chinese and Princess Siti Fatimah of Sriwijaya. By their love story, this island is made up and popular to be Pulau Jodoh or Mate Island.

SIGUNTANG HILL

Compared to other areas in the vicinity, one of the attractions in the city of Palembang, South Sumatra has a higher contour, about 27 feet above sea level, and is touted as the highest position in the city. However, rather it is a privilege Siguntang Hill. Log into the region, people may think that this place is a garden complete with shady trees and benches that can be used to spend the day. But who would have thought if the Mount Siguntang is an important historic place, especially for Palembang. For local communities, regions located in the Village of Old Hill, Palembang is still considered sacred. It is given in this place that was buried some important figures of the royal era. These figures include, Dadar Flower Princess, Princess Hair Selako, Yellow great Commander, Chief of Fire King of rock, even a mention in here that Alexander the Great was buried. The story of the journey of this Macedonian king, according to the version of the Malay folklore is the story of King Alexander or also often called the Prince of The Nature trepidation that her name on a gravestone in the Mount Siguntang. The name of Alexander may be adopted locally because of the strong influence of Greece to Asia. The discovery of a statue of Buddha in 1929 around the hill reinforces this place as a part of important history in Palembang. Derived from the eleventh century BC, the statue is now placed in the Museum of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II. To be able to see the tombs that were there, every visitor has to walk a few steps and then look around around the grave that is located adjacent and sembayang place for those who make pilgrimages. While for those who simply want to travel and see the other side of the city of Palembang, this place is worth to go, remember this is where everyone can see the panoramic view from the heights of Palembang.

LIMAS HOUSE

Limas house is a prototype of a traditional home in Palembang, South Sumatra. In addition characterized by a pyramid-shaped roof, this traditional house has a floor terraced called Bengkilas andonly used for the benefit of the family celebration. The guests are usually accepted in terrace or second floor. The ornaments and carvings that show the charisma and the identity of the house. Most Limas house reaches 400 to 1000 square meters width or more, which was established in the top of the pole Onglen pole. The wood that been used to frame is tembesu, which taken from influence of. Limas house in Palembang, sometimes is been called as Bari, that means old or ancient. Limas house is basically divided into three parts; front side, center and back. At the front, there are two stairs, while the center part is in the form of wide room. The wide room in center part is used for gathering activities like party or celebration. Moreover, the center part is has functioned as the display room, or to show the guest how prosper the owner of the house. The back part of the house is used for kitchen or anything to prepare for the mea. The wall decoration in Limas house is mostly has floral carving motif that painted in Gold. However, the owner is sometimes uses the real tin and gold to embellish the carving and chandeliers.

Punti Kayu Natural Pine Forest

This recently built recreational complex covers 50 hectares area, consist of four parts: an amusement park, a recreation park, a natural forest, and a man-made lake. In this complex are to be found a children's playground, a cultural park, a souvenirs shop, restaurants and an information booth. Because of its proximity to the capital and easy accessibility, this complex actually caters mainly to the local inhabitants of Palembang city, however, international tourists may enjoy passing a calm day here to watch urbanites amuse themself.

AGUNG MOSQUE

The Great Mosque of Palembang (Indonesian Masjid Agung Palembang), also known as Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I Great Mosque after the former Sultan of Palembang, is the main mosque of Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra. The mosque is the largest in South Sumatra, and the third largest mosque in Sumatra after the Grand Mosque of West Sumatra and Great Mosque of Pekanbaru.

BALAPUTRADEWA MUSEUM

BALAPUTRA DEWA MUSEUM Museum Negeri Provinsi Sumsel (South Sumatra), formerly known as Balaputra Dewa Museum was built on 1978 and was inaugurated on November 5, 1984. The museum is managed by the National Education Department of South Sumatra Province. The Museum Negeri Provinsi Sumatera Selatan built with traditional architecture in the area of 23 565 square meters. In this museum, there are about 3,800 collections, consisting of various types of collections are classified into 10 types, including geological, Biological, traditional stuff of Palembang, offset animals from various regions in South Sumatra and some miniature houses in the interior. There is also a replica of the statue of an ancient inscription ever found in Bukit Siguntang (Siguntang Hill). Archaeological collection of the Museum Negeri Provinsi Sumatera Selatan (State Museum of South Sumatra Province) or Balaputra Dewa Museum can be classified into three periodization period, namely the pre-history, pre-Srivijaya and Srivijaya Period.

Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum

Located on the riverbank of the Musi, the museum exhibits various collections ranging from archeology, ethnography, biology, arts and especially numismatics, the study or collection of currencies. Here, you can find many historical remnants from photo collections of the Kedukan Bukit inscriptions, ancient statues of Buddha and the Ganesha Amarawati, as well as various other remnants including those from the Sriwijaya era. Originally called the Keraton Kuto Kecik or Keraton Kuto Lamo, this building along with the Palembang Grand Mosque was built during the era of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jayo Wikramo. Distinct from other buildings of the same era that mainly uses woods, the palace was built with bricks. On 1842 the building was completed and was locally popular as the snail house (Rumah Siput). As a site that was involved in so many historical events, the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum is a display that elaborates various eras in history. As day turns into night, prep your camera to face the overall front view of the museum and wait for all lights to shine. When it does, check your camera’s LCDs and see what splendor you’ve captured. Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II is a perfect place to explore the history of Palembang. The architecture itself is unique as it is a combination of Dutch colonial and native Palembang Palace style.

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