Palembang City is one of Indonesia biggest city in Sumatra island after Medan city and officially the capital of South Sumatra province. Palembang was previously known as the capital city of the old kingdom of Srivijaya before it moved to Jambi. Since we know that Srivijaya or Sriwijaya was a sturdy old Malay kingdom on the island of Sumatra. Palembang is regarded as the oldest city in Indonesia based on the inscription of Kedukan Bukit, which said about the institution of the city and the capital of Sriwijaya kingdom on June 16, 682 AD. This makes the day of the Palembang anniversary.
Palembang landmarks include the Ampere Bridge as well as river Muzi, that divides the city in two, Seberang Ilir to the north west and Seberang Ulu into the southwest. The Seberang Ilir is the economic and cultural center, and also the Seberang Ulu is the governmental center. Palembang city is a strategic city, regarding this is the relationship way among the region in Sumatra island. Furthermore, The presence of Musi river which being crossed by the Ampera Bridge has become the primary transport among the regions. Palembang city was assembled along the historical timeline which stays the struggles to be a real history as strong as today.
The first period occurs during the time of the Sriwijaya Kingdom, followed by the ruin of the kingdom at other time. Another phase started again when the time of Palembang Darussalam sultanate before the phase of colonialism at present. By those stages, Palembang nowadays is already become a substantial city in Indonesia. Palembang inhabitants are ethnic of Malays, plus they utilize Bahasa Melayu in daily talking which is already regulated by a local dialect known as the Language of Palembang. Beside the native’s individuals, in Palembang, there are even a few more immigrant, such as Javanese, Minangkabau, Madurese, Bugis, and Banjar. Others are Tionghoa, Arabic, and Indian. Palembang is famous for its food of Pempek Palembang, and become more popular in others place in Indonesia. Beside pempek, individuals need to know that Palembang has destinations to go like, Musi river, Ampera bridge, The grand mosque of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Palembang, Kuto Besak port, Kambang Iwak Family Park, Punti Kayu forest tourism, Sriwijaya primordial tourism, Bukit Siguntang primordial tourism, Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat, Museum of Balaputradewa, Museum of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II, Textile Museum, Sriwijaya Cheng-Ho Mosque, Songket handicraft centre and several more.