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Archaeological Site in Pasemah Highlands

Tinggi Hari

Tinggi Hari, 20km from Lahat, west of the small river town of Pulau Pinang, is a site featuring the best examples of early prehistoric stone sculpture in Indonesia. The Pasemah carvings fall into two distinct styles…
Museum in Palembang

Balaputra Dewa Museum

This excellent museum showcases finds from Sriwijayan times, as well as megalithic carvings from the Pasemah Highlands, including the famous batu gajah (elephant stone). Other worthwhile displays include a rich coll…
Museum in Palembang

Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum

Along the banks of the Sungai Musi is this museum inside an attractive 19th-century building that incorporates a mix of European and local architectural styles. It was built in 1825 on the site of the palace of Sult…
Volcano in Pasemah Highlands

Gunung Dempo

Gunung Dempo is a semi-active volcano and the highest (3159m) of the peaks surrounding the Pasemah Highlands that dominate Pagaralam. Allow two full days to complete a climb of the the volcano. A guide, such as Yaya…
Archaeological Site in Pasemah Highlands

Batu Gajah

Just 3km south of Pagaralam, by the village of Berlubai, are these stone carvings scattered among an idyllic countryside of rice paddies and coffee plantations, with Gunung Dempo rising in the background. There's a …
Street Food in Palembang

Martabak Har Sudirman

A change-up from your typical Indonesia cuisine is this local institution famous for its martabak (fried roti stuffed with egg). Opened by an Indian owner in 1947, this Palembang street-food classic (with a choice o…
Indonesian in Palembang

Pempek Mei Hwa Cinde

Sneakily hidden away down a narrow side street, next to the lively produce market, is this pastel-pink warung that's always busy with locals stocking up on takeway pempek (fishcake made using tapioca). It's a good p…
Archaeological Site in Pasemah Highlands

Batu Beribu

In Tegurwangi, about 8km from Pagaralam on the road to Tanjung Sakti, Batu Beribu is the home of a cluster of four squat statues that sit under a small shelter by a stream. The site guardian will wander over and lea…
Indonesian in Palembang

Rumah Makan Pindang Musi Rawas

A short ride northwest of the centre, this nondescript-looking restaurant is locally famous for its pindang patin, a spicy, sour, clear soup with patin fish. Other dishes are also sound ambassadors of southern Sumat…
Sports in Palembang

Bidar Race

Bidar (canoe) races are held on the Sungai Musi in the middle of town every 16 June (Palembang's birthday) and 17 August (Independence Day). A bidar is about 25m long, 1m wide and is powered by up to 60 rowers.