Heritage Site in Palembang, South Sumatra

1. Kuto Besak Fortress
An interesting fact about this museum is that it took 17 years to build it, started in 1780 and inaugurated to use it in Monda 21st Februari 1797. The idea of f this fortress development was Mahmud Badaruddin Sultanate I (1724 – 1758).

It has 288,75m length, 183, 75 m width, 9.99 m height and 1.99 m thick. Each corner provide entrance, the Northwest side entrance is different with three others. The same 3 entrances represent the characteristic of Kuto Besak Fortress. The main entrance, Lawang Kuto allowed visitors to look out to Musi River. While the entrance in the back door called Lawang Buritan.

This fortress has become Palembangnese proud since its the biggest and the only fortress made-up from stone wall and strongly related as the witness of their successes fought against European enemy.

2. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Museum
This museum was the former Kuto Lama Fortress where the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jayo Wikramo and Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I (1724 – 1758) stated their Keraton (palace).

In 1821, this palace attacked by the Dutch Colony and in October 17th, 1823 demolished under Dutch Commissaries requirement, I.L Van Seven House as the revenge to Sultanate who burnt Aur rive Loji. The museum rebuilt in 1825 and become Dutch government secretariat and resident.
In 1942 – 1945 during Japanese expansion, this building ruled by Japanese armies and handed over to Palembangnese after the independence proclaimed in 1945. In 1949, Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Museum renovated and punctuated the function as Sriwijaya II Toritorium and used as central rezimen of Sriwijaya IV. Based on the research conducted by National Archeological team in 1988, the Kuto Lama brick foundation found under the scalded wooden-block.

3. Water Tower Office
This building was founded in 1982 and previously used Syuco office during Japanese era in 1942-1945 and then used as city hall untuil 1956. This building provided water treatment supplies for public office. In 1963 Water Tower Office changed into Palembang Government Central Office.

4. Ampera Bridge
Built above Musi River which has 1.777 m length, 22 m width and 11.50 m height funded from war confiscation of Japanese Government by Soekarno instruction, Indonesia President started in April 1962 and finished 1964.

Previously named Musi Bridge then changed to Ampera Bridge since it operated on New Era period. AMPERA word stands for Amanat Penderitaan Rakyat (Message of Folks Tribulation).
Before 1970, the center part of Ampera Bridge could be lift up and passed by big ship with 44.50 m height on maximum. Now days, for maintenance reason ship isnt allowed to cross over.

5. Limas Traditional House
Built along the river banks, facing away from the water so daily household activities can be done in privacy. These very ornate wooden houses are raised on stills, and usually 15-20 meters in width and from 30-60 meters, from Colums; door and window frames to ventilation panels are intricately carved.

Getting There
Domestic flight fly daily to Palembang
Garuda Indonesia Airlines served flight from Osaka, Tokyo, Jeddah, Riyadh, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore and Perth as well as major cities in Indonesia to Palembang
Air conditioned buses from Java and Sumatera also available
Moving around in Palembang, public transportation such as mini bus, buses, small transport called angkutan kota/city trans
Becak or pedicab is an optional and best to explore the town

Moving Around
Moving around in Palembang, public transportation such as mini bus, buses, small transport called angkutan kota/city trans
Becak or pedicab is an optional and best to explore the town
Ojeg: rented bike drived by the owner
Getek: traditional boat is one of the main transportation in Musi River

Dining Guide
Find the authentic local food here.
Pempek Palembang
Ask somebody to name the well-known dishes from Palembang, they will mentioned Pempek Palembang in their top-list. Yes, Pempek Palembang. Once you visit Palembang then you have to give it a try.
Pempek made from fish, sago flour and served with acid sour soup. There are several variant of Pempek; Pempek Lenjer, Kapal Selam (egg), Pempek Kulit (fish), Pempek Adaan and Pempek Lenggang (mixed Lenjer with egg), Pempek Keriting, Pempek Panggang

Store to visit:
Pempek Dempo at Jl. Dempo Dalam
Pempek Noni: Jl. Kolonel Haji Burlian
Pempek Pak Raden
Kerupuk Palembang

One of the famous snack from Palembang, this kerupuk or chips made from mixed flour with certain fish, Tenggiri fish, Gabus fish and Belida fish.

Store to visit:
Kerupuk 601 and Taxi 333 at Jl. Dempo Luar
Martabak Har
Made from fried egg, flour skin and mixed with certain spices. Martabak Har usually served with juicy soup made from potatoes, water and spices. Best place to have this martabak is Martabak Haji Abdul Rosak at Jl. Jendral Sudirman
Lempok Duren
Made from Durian and sugar, available in Durian season only
Tekwan

Local soup made from fishball, shrimp paste/essen, rice noodle and mushroom, juicy tuber Bekasem

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