The MusiRiver has its source in the Bukit Barisan Mountains, descending down to reach the plain at which fed by the converging Ogan and Komering ponds, then it widens into a massive river as it reaches Palembang. Streams that cut Palembang and its most tributaries, has caused this city at times to be called The Venice of the East. The icon of contemporary Palembang is the Ampera Bridge that was opened to the general public in 1965 covering this wide river connecting the two sides of the city. The opinion from the Musi River from this point of view is magnificent.

Watch the bustling boats in the floating market by the Ampera Bridge, while at sunset the view with the numerous homes on stilts on both sides of the Musi along with the hundreds of years old quaint Chinese shop houses, are memories to be captured on film and not easily forgotten. North of the AmperaBridge, is the MesjidAgung or Royal Mosque, built in 1740 by Sultan Badaruddin I. It had been lately restored to its former glory as Malay Islam kingdom which came to a conclusion in 1825, when the last Sultan, Ahmad Najamuddin, went to the Dutch and was sentenced to Banda Neira.

Get Around

The City bus at Palembang is among the most convenient in the nation. The name of the bus is TRANS MUSI. There are two different types of buses – the green and the blue one – with routes. The TRANS Green Route goes: SakoPerumnas Terminal – JalanCelentang – JalanResiden Abdul Rozak – SimpangEmpatPatal – JalanBasukiRahmat – JalanDemangLebarDaun – Simpang Taman Bukit – UNSRI Bukit Besar – JalanJaksaSuprapto – SimpangKedaung – JalanLetkolIskandar – Simpang Hero – PIM, and withdraws all bus stops. The blue TRANS MUSI route goes: Terminal AlangLebar – JalanKol X Burlian – JalanJenderalSudirman – Pasar 16 Ilir – Underpass Ampera Bridge – Jalan Masjid Agung – JalanJenderalSudirman – backtrack to AlangLebar. If you prefer to take more airy transportation, take becak or even ojek instead. The fare is very reasonable and worth the delight.