Jobs teaching English in Palembang are highly sought after due to the popularity of the city. Palembang is the capital city of South Sumatra and the second largest city on Sumatra Island, after Medan. It is known as one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, with records dating its founding as far back as the 7th century. Palembang has a rich and storied history – it was the capital of the Kingdom of Sriwijaya, a Malay kingdom that influenced much of Southeast Asia. It was also well known as an important stop on spice trade routes and it enjoys an important role today – the city hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2011 and will host the Asian games together with Jakarta in 2018.
Palembang’s major landmarks include the Ampera Bridge and the Musi River. This river divides the city in two and Ampera Bridge was built to span it. During Dutch colonial times, it was known as the Venice of Sumatra, due to its many canals. In present times, most of its canals have been filled, and the majority of the population travels by road.
- Population: 1.8 million
- Public Transportation: 1 international airport, trains as well as low-cost public transportation such as taxis, buses, river boats
- Language: Bahasa Indonesia, English, Malay
- Climate: Temperate Climate Zone, with an average temperature of 27°C
- EF Palembang flagship school opened in 2007
What Makes Palembang Unique
• Musi River – At 750km in length, Musi River is one of the largest rivers in Sumatra. It runs right through the city’s centre, dividing Palembang in two. Visitors can witness the Musi Triboatton, an annual boat race held along a 500km stretch of the river, from Tanjung Raya to Palembang. Participants come from all over the world and race in three disciplines: rafting, canoeing and dragon boat racing.
• Ampera Bridge – Ampera Bridge is the city’s main landmark. It was the first bridge built to span the Musi River and connect the two sides of Palembang. Built using reparations from Japan after WWII, it was designed to accommodate large ships under a movable centre section, much like London Bridge in the UK.
• Pempek – Perhaps Palembang’s most famous cuisine, these fish cakes made from fish and sago, are ubiquitous throughout the city. Served with sweet and sour sauce, they’re a favourite among locals and are a renowned staple throughout Western Indonesia.
• Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat / Monpera – Monumen Perjuangan Rakyat or Monpera for short, is located in the city centre, adjacent to the Great Mosque and Ampera Bridge. It is a monument dedicated to the war of independence and features a small museum inside.