The 10 Best Things to Do in Palembang, Indonesia

January 11, 2018 Terina Blouin

Palembang (Indonesian pronunciation: [palɛmˈbaŋ]) is the second-largest city on Sumatra after Medan and the capital city of South Sumatra province of Indonesia. It is one of the oldest cities in the Malay Archipelago and Southeast Asia. Palembang is located on the Musi River banks on the east coast of southern Sumatra, with a land area of 369.22 square kilometres (142.56 square miles) and a population of 1,708,413 people (2014). Palembang is the ninth most populous city in Indonesia after Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Bekasi, Medan, Tangerang, Depok and Semarang, and the nineteenth most populous city in Southeast Asia. Its built-up area, with Talang Kelapa and Rambutan, was home to 1,620,429 inhabitants at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in Palembang

1. Great Mosque of Palembang

Jl. Jendral Sudirman no 1 Kel 19 Ilir, Kec Bukit Kecil | Alun-Alun Palembang, Palembang, Indonesia
Excellent
48%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 181 reviews

Great Mosque of Palembang

Reviewed By CenturyAlpha - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Attending Friday pray before lunch after meeting there. Not too hard to find it, right before Ampera Bridge. I figured, it may contain 2.000 people in one time pray. In the outside area, many traditional trader spread their product such as Islamic clothes. Seen Fountain in front of the Mosque area, where there are five ring-circles at the top.

2. Ampera Bridge

Jl. Sultan Mahmud Badarudin, Palembang, Indonesia
Excellent
28%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 707 reviews

Ampera Bridge

Reviewed By Pakdhe H - Jakarta, Indonesia

Ampera bridge is Palembang city icon ... we can see the scenery near Benteng Kuto Besak located at river side of Musi river
This location always crowd with visitor and local seller especially on holiday ... but if you lucky you can get a perfect pictures

3. Palembang Icon

Jln. PON IX, Palembang 30137, Indonesia +62 711 5649366
Excellent
35%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Palembang Icon

Reviewed By FrancisTLim - Penang Island, Malaysia

Aug2017. This is a medium sized mall. Modern (current) type of design/layout. A bit sterile feeling. Mostly branded goods & restaurants which are the more expensive types. Good human traffic in the mall. There is an iBox store that sells Apple computer products. Withing walking distance is the Palembang Square Mall, which I personally enjoy more. FrancisTLim

4. Kemaro Island

Palembang, Indonesia
Excellent
15%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
37%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 245 reviews

Kemaro Island

Reviewed By Terry L - Perth, Australia

Historical story as to the original significance of this island is interesting (you need to go to Palembang to get the full detail), although the Chinese temple and structures on the island are all pretty much quite modern additions so not really all that interesting. Island itself not really worth the trip but the boat trip and the views along the river make the overall trip worthwhile, so if in Palembang then should make the effort to go there.

5. Benteng Kuto Besak

Musi River Side, Palembang, Indonesia
Excellent
14%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
38%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 189 reviews

Benteng Kuto Besak

Reviewed By AdelinE26_02 - Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

Only enjoy the view from the outside cuz we arrive there pretty late in the afternoon. It's good to know but they should clean up the surrounding.

6. Al-Qur'an Al-Akbar

Jl. M Amin Fauzi, Soak Bujang, Palembang, Indonesia
Excellent
40%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 59 reviews

Al-Qur'an Al-Akbar

The biggest Al-Qur'an in the world.

Reviewed By IbrahimRabani - Sri Kembangan, Malaysia

They closed up part of the stair to access higher level, is it due to safety but if its then its ironic.
Otherwise you can marvel at the tedious work that has been put here.
You need to pay to enter, should just say fee instead of infaq. If infaq, you shouldnt force people to pay. Just say as fee, people dont mind.

7. Jakabaring Sport Complex

Jl. Gubernur Hasan Bastari, Palembang, Indonesia
Excellent
24%
Good
63%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Jakabaring Sport Complex

Reviewed By Chastrya D

This area has been one of the most popular tourist attraction recently. They possess state of the art training facilities and one of the best in Indonesia.

8. Kambang Iwak

Jl. Tasik, Palembang 30135, Indonesia
Excellent
16%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Kambang Iwak

Reviewed By Riou108 - Tangerang, Indonesia

The park is located not really far from the city center, it provides as the central activity of car free day in Palembang, it also a popular place to exercise for the locals.
the park is good enough, great for indonesian standard, but poor for international standard. the lake in center is not well maintained and In my humble opinion, is not a great place to visit unless if you want to exercise.

9. Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II

Jl. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin, Palembang 30131, Indonesia
Excellent
11%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 51 reviews

Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II

Reviewed By Review275 - Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia

Colonial buidling converted to be an Histrorical Muzeum. History of Sriwijaya collections are in placed .. The most awesome seems to be Tour Guide, AbiSofian, who gave an unbeieveable briefing & informative on the history of Palembang.
early days . Great to have him working here.Tourists could be glad to have him around. wonderful experience here.

10. Monpera

Beside the entrance to the Ampera Bridge, Palembang, Indonesia
Excellent
13%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
47%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 74 reviews

Monpera

Reviewed By ChrisCKGoh - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As usual, the entrance fee for foreign visitors are way way more expensive compare to local. Due to this kind of discrimination, I just refuse to go in.

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