Let’s fly back to Indonesia, shall we?
This time, we’re flying to Palembang, the Capital of South Sumatra, Indonesia – which is apparently, is my hometown. Or shall I say, my parents’ hometown cause I myself never get to live there.
Every place of every country always have their own unique traits, popular food, or places that the majority will remember/know of. For example, the National Monument in Jakarta, or Rendang for Padang (West Sumatra), or the Lake Toba for whenever Medan (North Sumatra) is mentioned.
For Palembang, it is either the food, the local phrase, or the bridge. Whenever somebody mentioned they’re from Palembang, what usually comes as a respond will be “Ayeeeee.. Wong kito galo (all our people)” or “So you always have Pempek (Palembang fish cake) at home?”, or “I want to go to the AMPERA Bridge”, which, I went and want to talk about now!
AMPERA bridge, which stands for Amanat Penderitaan Rakyat (Mandate of People’s Suffering), was first constructed back in 1962 and officially opened in 1965 with the name Bung Karno Bridge (it was renamed due to politic issues back then), with the main purpose of connecting two parts of Palembang; Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir which are divided by the Musi River.
Did you know? the bridge was once considered one of the longest bridge in Southeast Asia and the center part of the bridge was once able to lift up and down up to 10 meters to allow ships to cross over.
Today, the bridge no longer operate like it used to, but still used mainly for the citizens to cross between the two sides of Palembang as well as local and international tourist spots.
No issues of finding food whenever you come here. Everything is provided. They do have a Musi River tour, where you can hop on a boat and cross the river, goes under the bridge and back. This place gets really crowded especially during the weekend or public holidays.The only meh thing about this place is that there’s a lot of trashes! If only the people could care more and make the habit of throwing trashes on to the proper bin.
Some of you guys might have heard about the total solar eclipse that will happen March this year (this happens so rare, the last one was in the 1980s) which actually can be ‘seen’ also from Palembang as one of the largest city along the path of the totality. It will happen on the 9th of March 2016. Go check it out! If only I could go back there on that particular day, I would want to see ’em.
Tell me about it. Beauty ain’t it?
More on Ampera Bridge
Travel Indonesia Site
The Jakarta Post; Ampera Bridge more than a city symbol
Jl. Lintas Tim. Sumatera, Seberang Ulu I, Palembang, South of Sumatra 30111, Indonesia