One of the greatest kingdoms in Indonesian history, the Buddhist Empire of Sriwijaya prospered along the banks of Musi River in South Sumatra over a thousand years ago. Located on the southern-most rim of the South China Sea, close to the one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes linking the Far East with Europe, the Region’s historical background is rich and colorful. Sriwijaya kingdom practiced a bustling and productive trade with ancient China during its golden years.
Stretching from the foothills of the mighty Bukit Barisan mountain range, this province is relatively flat but very fertile, with numerous rivers cutting across the landscape and meandering their ways to the sea. Coffee and tea plantations are scattered across the province, but South Sumatra’s enormous wealth comes from oil, natural gas, coal, tin and quartz reserves.
In 672, the Chinese scholar, I Tsing, recorded that a thousand monks and scholars could be seen translating and studying Sanskrit in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatra. This shows that more than a thousand years ago, Palembang under the reign of Sriwijaya kingdom was prosperous and rich in culture. Many relics and remnants of this mighty kingdom can still be found in this area.
Getting There : Many domestic Airlines serve to Palembang. Garuda Indonesia airlines serves flight from Osaka, Tokyo, Jeddah, Riyadh, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Singapore and Perth as well as major cities in Indonesia to Palembang. Air Conditioned busses from Java and Sumatra are also available.
People & Culture
Palembang people are known for their frankness and gregarious manner. They can create works of art, beautiful and exquisite with their patience and strength.
Songket, made of silk combined with gold thread, will fascinate traditional cloth collectors because of its rich designs and elegance. It’s also a great keepsake to buy, although the price of this first grade hand-woven songket might be quite expensive.
Palembang’s famous fruits are pineapple and duku (Lansium domisticum). The taste of Palembang pineapple is fresh and rather tangy, while duku tastes sweet and sometimes bland. Palembang also offers unique, tasty dish, mostly made of fish. To name a few:
Stores to visit:
Jl. Demang Lebar Daun Kav. IX, Palembang, Phone. (62-711) 356661, 311345, 357348 Fax. (62-711) 311544
Website : www.sumsel.go.id
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SPEECH BY PRESIDENT SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO PRESIDENT REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA AT THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 69TH SESSION OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Bismillahirahmanirrahim, Madam President, Let me begin by congratulating you on your assumption of the presidency of the 69th session. It is a great honor for me to stand once again before this august body—the last time that I do so during my two terms as President of Indonesia.
STATEMENT BY PROF. DR. SUSILO BAMBANG YUDHOYONO PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA AT THE UN CLIMATE SUMMIT 2014
Your Excellencies Heads of State and Government, Your Excellency Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to share with you, in this important Summit, my thoughts on two key elements of Indonesia’s policy on climate change: multilateral cooperation, and a set of actions at the national level that robustly address the challenge.