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Musi, The Lifeblood of Palembang

14 August 2010 1,435 views No Comment

Musi River is a river located in South Sumatra, Indonesia. With a length of 750 km, this river is the longest river on Sumatra that split the city of Palembang in two. The Ampera bridge that become the icon of Palembang is passed over this river. Since the era of Sriwijaya Kingdom until now, the river is famous as the main transportation means for the people.


Musi River is the lifeblood of civilization in Palembang. The river which divides that capital of South Sumatra was so well known along with the bridge, the Ampera bridge. This place is a must-visit when you’re in Palembang.

Musi River stretches 750 km along the areas of South Sumatra. Since the era of Sriwijaya Kingdom, Musi River plays a vital role in public life. And now, Musi is still an important means of transportation and public recreation. Residents from the outback still used to travel via the river to Palembang.

musi from above

Currently, there are many floating restaurants lined up on the shores of Musi that offer dining atmosphere while you feel the waves of the river breeze. Many people visit it for that reason.

musi at night

But South Sumatra is not just Musi river. Pagaraalam District, 300 km from Palembang has Lematang waterfall. Muaraenim District, has Bedegung Waterfall in about 125 km from Palembang. There are also lakes, like Teluk Gelam Lake, located 66 km to the southeast of Palembang. In Muara Enim district, 250 km from Palembang, there’s a Hindu Temple named Bumi Ayu, a collection of temple which is still quite mysterious.

But not far away from Palembang itself, there are still a decent places to visit, such as Benteng(Fortress) Kuto Besak built by Sultan palembang in 1780 and also Sultan Badarudin Museum located right on the side of Musi. Initially, the museum was the house of Dutch resident, built in 1823.

As one of the major cities in Sumatra, Palembang can be reached quite easily from the air path. The accommodation is also quite complete. A day won’t be enough to explore half the beauty of Palembang.

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