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Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum, A Place to Explore History of Palembang


Located on the riverbank of the Musi, the museum exhibits various collections ranging from archeology, ethnography, biology, arts and especially numismatics, the study or collection of currencies. Here, you can find many historical remnants from photo collections of the Kedukan Bukit inscriptions, ancient statues of Buddha and the Ganesha Amarawati, as well as various other remnants including those from the Sriwijaya era.

Originally called the Keraton Kuto Kecik or Keraton Kuto Lamo, this building along with the Palembang Grand Mosque was built during the era of Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin Jayo Wikramo. Distinct from other buildings of the same era that mainly uses woods, the palace was built with bricks. On 1842 the building was completed and was locally popular as the snail house (Rumah Siput).

As a site that was involved in so many historical events, the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum is a display that elaborates various eras in history. As day turns into night, prep your camera to face the overall front view of the museum and wait for all lights to shine. When it does, check your camera’s LCDs and see what splendor you’ve captured. Museum Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II is a perfect place to explore the history of Palembang. The architecture itself is unique as it is a combination of Dutch colonial and native Palembang Palace style.


Get There

To go to Palembang, take a flight to the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II International Airport. The airport is located on Tanjung Api-Api Street and is accessible from many countries including Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Thailand.  The distance between the airport and the museum is about 6 km away. From the airport, take a taxi or a rented car.


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