38 Facts About Palembang


Palembang is the capital city of the Indonesian province of South Sumatra.

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Palembang is the second most populous city in Sumatra, after Medan, and the ninth most populous city in Indonesia.

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Palembang was incorporated into the Dutch East Indies in 1825 after the abolition of the Palembang Sultanate.

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Palembang was the host city of the 2011 Southeast Asian Games and the 2018 Asian Games along with Jakarta.

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Palembang has a special Chinese character rendition like several cities in Indonesia.

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Palembang recorded that there were many "states" under the kingdom called Srivijaya .

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Prince Parameswara fled from Palembang after being crushed by Javanese forces, The city was then plagued by pirates, notably Chen Zuyi and Liang Daoming.

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The Grand Mosque of Palembang was built in 1738 under the reign of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I Jaya Wikrama, and was completed in 1748.

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An oil embargo had been imposed on Japan by the United States, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, and due to its oil refineries, Palembang was a high priority objective for Japanese forces.

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Palembang then hosted the 2004 National Games, 47 years after the games were last held outside Java and 51 years since held in Sumatra.

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Palembang went on to co-host the 2011 Southeast Asian Games with Jakarta.

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Two years later, Palembang replaced Riau province's capital Pekanbaru as host city of the 2013 Islamic Solidarity Games after Riau Governor Rusli Zainal was implicated in a corruption case.

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Palembang is located on the confluence of two major tributaries of Musi River, which are Ogan River and Komering River.

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Palembang's topography is quite different between Seberang Ilir and Seberang Ulu area.

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Palembang is located in the tropical rainforest climate zone with significant rainfall even in its driest months.

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The climate in Palembang is often described with "hot, humid climate with a lot of rainfall throughout the year".

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Seberang Ilir is the main economic and political centre in Palembang and contained a prominent portion of the city's highrises.

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Palembang administratively has a status as a city and has its own local government and legislative body.

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The indigenous population in the region of Palembang are Malay people heavily influenced by Javanese culture.

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Local language of Palembang, Musi, is considered a dialect of Malay with a significant portion being Javanese loanwords.

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Palembang officially recognizes six religious faiths, of which the most widely held is Islam.

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Nowadays, people in Palembang prefer road transportation over water, and private transportation over public.

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Since 2020, Palembang has been connected with the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road, linking it with Bakauheni to the south.

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Transmusi has no special lanes because the road in Palembang are too narrow to build it, so Transmusi often trapped in traffic jams.

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The first angkots in Palembang were using Willys Jeep and was called "Mobil Ketek" because of its engine sound.

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Palembang operates several air-conditioned public bus to neighboring towns such as Kayuagung, Indralaya, Pangkalan Balai, Prabumulih, and Tanjung Api-Api.

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Currently Palembang has two main ferry ports, Tanjung Api-api Port, located on sea-shore, 68 kilometres outside the city, and Boom Baru Port inside the city.

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Only public airport in Palembang is Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport.

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Palembang is a part of Strategic Development Area of Merak - Bakauheni - Bandar Lampung - Palembang - Tanjung Api-Api .

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Palembang is the regional business centre in southern Sumatra region encompassing Jambi, South Sumatra, Bengkulu, Bangka Belitung Islands and Lampung.

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Palembang is known as Venetie Van Andalas, mainly because of the topography of the city which was dominated by Musi River and its tributaries.

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The most notable landmarks in Palembang are Ampera Bridge, Musi River, Kuto Besak Fort, Kemaro Island, and Jakabaring Sport City.

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Since antiquity, Palembang has been a major port city in Southeast Asia which absorbs neighbouring, as well as foreign, cultures and influences.

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Palembang cuisine is the second most well-known cuisine from Sumatra after Padang.

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The most well known dishes in Palembang include pempek, tekwan, pindang patin, martabak HAR, and wide varieties of Bakmi which is a type of noodle dish.

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Palembang woodcarving are heavily influenced by Chinese culture with motifs such as jasmine or lotus.

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The most known folk dance of Palembang is Tanggai Dance which was considered sacred in the past since it was performed as an offering to Shiva.

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Palembang is the main host of 2011 Southeast Asian Games and hosted two matches of 2007 AFC Asian Cup.

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