Palembang is the capital city of the South Sumatra province in Indonesia. Palembang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, and has a history of being a capital of a maritime empire millennia ago. Located on the Musi River banks on the east coast of southern Sumatra island, it has an area of 400.61 square kilometres and a population of 1.7 million. Palembang is the second-largest city in Sumatra after Medan and the seventh-largest city in Indonesia. The city hosted the26th edition of Southeast Asian Games from 11 to 22 November 2011 along with Jakarta.
Palembang landmarks include the Ampera bridge and the Musi River, the latter of which divides the city into two, Seberang Ilir to the north and Seberang Ulu to the south. The Seberang Ilir is Palembang’s economic and cultural centre and the Seberang Ulu is its political centre.
Palembang city was build along the historical time line that remain the struggles of being a history as strong as today. The first period occur at the time of Sriwijaya Kingdom, followed by the ruin of this kingdom in other time. Other phase was begin again when the time of Palembang Darussalam sultanate until the phase of colonialism to the present time. By those phases Palembang nowadays is already become a significant city in Indonesia.
Palembang inhabitants are ethnic of Malays, and they use Bahasa Melayu in daily speaking which already adjusted by the local dialect, known as the Language of Palembang. Beside the natives people, in Palembang there are also some more immigrant, like the Javanese, Minangkabau, Madurese, Bugis and Banjar. Other are Tionghoa, Arabic and Indian.
Palembang is famous with its food of Pempek Pelembang, and become more popular in other area in Indonesia. Beside pempek, people should know that Palembang has destinations to go like, Musi river, Ampera bridge, The great 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 center and many more.