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By Air

The city is served by Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport which has scheduled flights to many cities in Indonesia and also to Singapore by Silk Air and Malaysia by Sriwijaya Air.The latter destination being only recently offered by the airport since it has been upgraded to an international airport. This airport also serves other cities around South Sumatra Province.

By Ferries

The Boom Baru Harbor is the main harbor of Palembang, it is located and also connected Palembang with Bangka-Belitung Islands Province.Palembang also has three main harbors, Boom Baru Harbor (which is the main harbor of Palembang, located on the north shore of Musi River), 36 Ilir Harbor, and Tanjung Api-api Harbor.From here frequent ferries connect Palembang to Muntok Harbor in Bangka Island, Bangka-Belitung Islands Province and also to Batam Island.

By Bus

Palembang residents use a network of city mini-bus routes for the main form of public transport.There are also traditional and speed boats that serve the people who live near the riverside.The traditional boat is called the Ketek/sampan.

Key places to visit
Masjid Agung Grand Mosque, Kemaro Island, Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, Kuto Besak Fortress, South Sumatra Museum


Places to Visit

Masjid Agung Grand Mosque

This mosque has been renovated a few times already.Now it is a very large and beautiful mosque. In some sections of the mosque you can see old Sriwijayan style architecture.It is located in front of the main roundabout in Palembang which you will pass coming from the Musi Bridge.

Kemaro Island

Visit the Kemaro Island that sits in the middle of the Musi river, where stands a large Buddhist temple and the grave of a Chinese princess, who was destined to wed a Srivijaya king.The island is today the center of the Cap Go Meh celebrations.During Cap Go Meh, Chinese communities from around the city squeeze into this small piece of land, together with those coming from Hongkong, Singapore and China.They arrive here on local transport called ketek, which are small boats with noisy engines, on ferries, speed boats, and decorated dragon boats alighting from the Intirub factory or from Kuto Besak Fort.

Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II

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.

Kuto Besak Fortress

Standing atop the 10 meters high and 288.75 meters long thick walls of Kuto Besak Fortress, one looks down on the passing boats and ships on the Musi River below.Built during the 17th century, Kuto Besak Fort is a legacy of the Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, that ruled from 1550-1823. Acting as a defense post, the location of the Fortress is both politically and geographically strategic as it forms and island on its own, bordered by on its south by the Musi River, the Sekanak River on its west, the Kapuran River on its north, and the Tengkuruk River on its east.

South Sumatra Museum

The South Sumatra Museum consists of two smaller museums, Balaputera Dewa and Sriwijaya.This museum is more popularly known as Balaputera Dewa Museum.The Balaputera Dewa Museum also has collections of Limas and Ulu traditional houses, and statue wards.The Sriwijaya Museum is a special museum for historical objects of the Sriwijaya kingdom which lasted from the 7th to 13th centuries.It has 191 collections.Both museums are only closed on Mondays and national public holidays.They are open from 08:00 to 15:30, except for Saturdays and Fridays, which are half days.The entrance fee to Balaputera Dewa Museum is Rp 500 (5 cents US) per child and Rp 1,500 (15 cents US) per adult.The entrance fee to the Sriwijaya Museum is only Rp 250 (2.5 cents US) per child and Rp 500 (5 cents US) per adult.

Right Time to Visit

April - July
October - December


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