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.