Palembang is one of Indonesia’s oldest settlements, and a city with a history as rich as it is long. Palembang was once the capital of the vast Buddhist kingdom of Srivijaya, which covered swathes of modern-day Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The millennia since have seen it changed hands on numerous occasions, with Indian and Dutch conquerors leaving behind their architectural legacy.
The second-largest city in Sumatra has reappeared on the map in recent years, with the government’s successful bid to host the South-east Asian Games and subsequent investment in new hotels and facilities making Palembang more attractive to tourists. Seasoned Indonesian travellers may be surprised by how many idiosyncratic charms are to be found in Palembang, a city that prides itself on its wealth of indigenous cuisines and culture.
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