I dedicated my recent posts to the memory of near-three-year living in Palembang, the capital of South Sumatera province. Generally described, Palembang is one city with richness in flavor and cultures. It has history of Srivijaya Kingdom that once ruled this area and some Chinese heritage along with it.
The most popular landmark in Palembang is the Ampera Bridge. Built in the 50s, this bridge has been the old silent interconnection of downstream (Seberang Hilir) and upstream (Seberang Ulu) life, with River Musi separating them. This bridge was built by Japanese experts and also funded by their country as a way of paying back after the invasion of Japan back at that time. In its good old time, this bridge can be mechanically lifted and separated so the boats can cross the river below it without crashing to its body. But since the 80s, this function was no longer existed with some safety reasons.
Other than that, Palembang is also famous for its Chinese inheritance where each of Chinese celebration is done with such fiesta. One of them is the fifteenth day after Lunar New Year (Cap Go Meh) where Palembang Chinese will go to Pulau Kemaro (Kemaro Island) to pray and celebrate that day.
And last but not least, the environment where I lived and worked all these years.
I do not have every pictures of places I’ve been and seen in Palembang to be written here. But surely, in the corner of my mind, there will always be part of me who has lived through this city. This city has taught me lessons of life, shed me some tears of sadness and happiness, and of course, the experience that couldn’t be replaced.