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1. Kemaro Island

Kemaro Island

663 km
from city center
1 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Located in a small delta of the Musi River about 6 kilometers downstream of the Ampera Bridge, Kemaro Island is a famous tourist attraction in South Sumatra because of the scenic beauty it has to offer along with the various temples and festivals that tourists and the frequenting locals can visit and enjoy. The island acts as a recreational site for many, as it is located 40 kilometers away from the hustle bustle of the main city of Palembang.

2. Palembang Icon

Palembang Icon

0 km
from city center
2 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

The relatively young establishment, Palembang Icon, is a shopping mall which is equally loved by both locals and tourists. It was established in 2014 and is also known by other names like Picon, Pl or Palkon and is known for having multiple stores and showrooms of famous international and local brands. The mall is located in Kelurahan Lorok Pakjo, in the Ilir Barat Satu district of Palmebang city. The Palembang Icon is acclaimed as the biggest and the best mall in South Sumatra by its administrators and the locals alike.

3. Al Qur'an Al Akbar

Al Qur'an Al Akbar

1 km
from city center
3 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

The Al Qur’an Al Akbar, also known as the Al Quran Giant is known to be the largest wood carving of the Quran in the world and is located in the Palembang city of South Sumatra. Since it was established in 2011, it is still gaining popularity amongst the international tourists and is rarely ever crowded. The structure is made on tembusu wood sheets and has around thirty verses from the Quran carved out on these sheets. Around 40 cubic meters of wood was used in the building of the Al Qur’an Al Akbar and an expenditure of around two billion IDR was made on the same.

4. Monpera


0 km
from city center
4 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Monpera, or the Monument of People’s Struggle, is a famous tourist attraction in Sumatra Island because of its rich history and magnificent concrete structures. The heritage site was built in honour, and to memorialize the local rebellion against the Dutch colonialists and tells the story of the occurrences before and after the declaration of Indonesia’s independence that took place on the 17th of August, 1945.

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5. Ampera Bridge

Ampera Bridge

5 km
from city center
5 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

The Ampera Bridge is a vertical lift bridge in Palembang that connects Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir which lie separated by the Musi River. The bridge stands with a length of 224 meters and a span of 61 meters with a 9-meter clearance beneath it. The bridge was built in efforts to make something as grand as the Tower Bridge in London. Ships can no longer pass from under the bridge as it was officially declared in 1970 that the bridge would not open anymore, a major reason for this being an inconvenient disruption of the traffic flowing from the two regions it connects because the mere operation of the bridge’s large wings would take about half an hour.

6. Sriwijaya Kingdom Archaeological Park

Sriwijaya Kingdom Archaeological Park

6,096 km
from city center
6 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Located near the banks of the Musi River, very close to the South Sumatran capital Palembang, Sriwijaya Kingdom Archaeological Park is a site in South Sumatra, Indonesia, where remains of an ancient habitation area have been excavated. The name is derived from a 9th-century settlement of the Sriwijaya Empire that reigned over the same.

7. Bukit Siguntang Hill

Bukit Siguntang Hill

1,123 km
from city center
7 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Bukit Seguntang is a small hill about 30m high and is located around 3 kilometres further from the northern bank of the Musi River. The region is home to a multitude of religious relics dating back to the Sriwijaya Empire of Palembang, and therefore is sacred to the locals. The hill is famous for the many Buddha statues that were unearthed on the hill.

8. G Art Studio

G Art Studio

15,944 km
from city center
8 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

G Art Studio, located at Gramedia World in Palembang is a stunning gallery of beautiful, with exquisite, unique and quirky backgrounds, against which the visitors can portray themselves for pictures. There are pictures of charming sceneries, abstract images with 3D effects, scenes of the pages of history or landscapes of different attraction sites of Palembang. If you have missed out on any location, you could come here to strike a pose and take a memorable picture back home.

9. Kuto Besak

Kuto Besak

2 km
from city center
9 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Currently the HQ of defence command Kodam II/Sriwijaya, Kuto Besak has initially been a fortified palace which acted as one of the four kratons of the Sultanate of Palembang, Kraton Kuto Gawang, Kraton Beringin Janggut and Kraton Kuto Batu/Kuto being its three predecessors.

10. Benteng Kuto Besak

Benteng Kuto Besak

665 km
from city center
10 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Overlooking the River Musi in Palembang, Indonesia is the 18th-century royal fortress Benteng Kuto Besak which was once the heart of the Sultanate of Palembang. It was a strategic construction built in 1780 and took almost seventeen years to complete. This ‘Kraton’ once served as a defensive design against the enemies of the Sultanate before it fell to the occupation of the Dutch colonials and is at present used as the headquarters of Sriwijaya Military District Command.

11. OPI Water Fun

OPI Water Fun

6 km
from city center
11 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Palembang City has several water-themed recreational zones, and OPI Water Fun is among the most loved ones. Spread over 3 hectares at the heart of the city, OPI Water Fun is full of with exciting rides, fun water activities to indulge in and vibrant parks to walk around.

12. Masjid Agung Palembang

Masjid Agung Palembang

664 km
from city center
12 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

The Great Mosque of Palembang, also known as Masjid Agung Palembang, is the chief mosque of the city and also the largest one in the entire archipelago of South Sumatra. Established in 1748 by one of the most prominent rulers of the Sultanate of Palembang, Madmud Badaruddin I, the mosque has evolved exponentially over the course of its history. Therefore, it has assimilated in its architecture quite a multicultural vibe and makes for a great place to visit for the understanding of the dynamic cultural fabric of Indonesia’s past and present.

13. Masjid Cheng Ho

Masjid Cheng Ho

13 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Masjid Cheng Ho is a contemporary mosque in Jakabaring Palembang, South Sumatra which caters to the local Muslim community and represents the congruous co-existence of the Arabic and Chinese cultures in the country. It was founded by the initiative of the senior members of the Chinese Islamic Association of Indonesia (Persatuan Islan Tionghoa Indonesia, PITI).

14. Kambang Iwak Besak Park

Kambang Iwak Besak Park
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1 km
from city center
14 out of 14
things to do in Palembang

Nestled in the tranquil Talang Semut neighbourhood, Kambang Iwak Besak Park is a large public garden surrounding an artificial lake with a fountain. Flanked by tall shady trees, the park features a jogging track, sitting areas, and graceful swans and is popular among families and locals during weekends. There is also a food court with stalls selling tasty traditional snacks and sweets.

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How can I commute within Palembang?

Once travellers reach the city, public transport can be used to explore around. The most reliable modes of public transport are the most Blue Bird Taxis. Other taxis are also available but they seldom agree to use the meter and the drivers often demand additional money for the commute. Travellers can also opt for the motorcycle taxis and the Ojeks which are considerably affordable and a faster way to cover short distances in the city.  
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What are the top sightseeing places in Palembang?

The top sightseeing places in Palembang are Kemaro Island, Palembang Icon, Al Qur'an Al Akbar, Monpera, Ampera Bridge, Sriwijaya Kingdom Archaeological Park.
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