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Palembang

Administration
Full namePalembang
Official namePalembang
MottoPalembang BARI (Bersih, Aman, Rapi, Indah) (Palembang: Clean, Safe, Neat, and Beautiful)
CountryIndonesia
ProvinceSouth Sumatra
CityPalembang
Incorporated (city)June 16, 683
Government
MayorH. Eddy Santana Putra (2008-2013)
Vice MayorH. Romi Herton (2008-2013)
Geography
Total Area154.6 sq mi (400.61 km2)
Demography
Total Population1535952 (2010)
Density (pop.)3599/km2 (9321.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneWIB (UTC+7)
Area code0711

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Palembang is the capital city of South Sumatra Province in Indonesia. Palembang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia with a lot of history as a capital of a maritime empire. Located on the Musi River banks on the east coast of southern Sumatra island, it has an area of 400.61 square kilometres and a population of 1,441,500. Palembang is the second-largest city in Sumatra after Medan and the seventh-largest city in Indonesia. The city will host the 26th edition of Southeast Asian Games on November 11, 2011 along with Jakarta.

It was formerly the capital city of the Kingdom of Srivijaya, a powerful Malay kingdom, which influenced much of Southeast Asia.[1] The earliest evidence of its existence dates from the 7th century; a Chinese monk, I-Tsing, wrote that he visited Srivijaya in 671 for 6 months.[2][3] The first inscription in which the name Srivijaya appears also dates from the 7th century, namely the Kedukan Bukit Inscription around Palembang in Sumatra, dated 683.

Palembang landmarks include the Ampera bridge and the Musi River which divides the city into two, Seberang Ilir to the north and Seberang Ulu to the south. The Seberang Ilir is the economic and cultural centre and the Seberang Ulu is the political centre.


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