Places to visit

Ampera Bridge


Ampera Bridge was constructed in April 1962, after getting approval of President Soekarno. At first, this 1,177 meters long and 22 meters wide bridge was called Bung Karno Bridge. It was officially opened on 30 September 1965 by Let. Gen. Ahmad Yani.  However, following a political turmoil in 1966 i.e., when anti-Soekarno movement was stronger, the bridge was renamed to Ampera Bridge. Palembang citizens, however, prefer to call it "Musi Project".
Parts of this 944 tons bridge can lift up and down about 10 meters per minute. It has two lifting towers of 63 meters tall. Distance between these two towers is 75 meters. They have two pendulums, weighing about 500 tons each.
When the middle shares of the bridge is lifted, wide ship of 60 meters wide and a maximum of 44.50 meters tall can pass to ford of Musi River. And when the middle shares of this bridge is not lifted, maximum height of ships that can pass under the bridge is only nine meters above the water level. Unfortunately, at present, the bridge cannot be lifted for safety reasons.

To Stay

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Graha Sriwijaya Hotel

Merdeka Street No. 9 Palembang South Sumatera

Novotel Palembang

Jalan R Sukamto No 8A South Sumatera, Palembang, Indonesia, 30127 Palembang

Emilia Hotel by Amazing

Jl. Letkol Iskandar No. 18, Palembang, 40115 Palembang

IP Hotel Palembang

Jl.Letkol Iskandar no.34 Bukit Kecil 24 Ilir, 30118 Palembang

Rio City Hotel

Lingkaran I Street Dempo Luar Palembang South Sumatera

Emilia Hotel By Amazing - Palembang

Jl. Letkol. Iskandar No.18 40115 Palembang South Sumatera

Hotel Grand Duta Palembang

Radial Street No. 1 Palembang South Sumatera

Zuri Express

Jl. Dr. M. Isa No. 988, 30114 Palembang

Hotel Budi

Jalan Letnan Kolonel Iskandar, Komplek Ilir Barat Permai Blok D2 No. 26-32, 30134 Palembang

Hotel Pradha Syariah

Jl.Merdeka no. 38-40, 30118 Palembang

Hotel Swarna Dwipa

Jalan Tasik no.2, 30136 Palembang

Princess Hotel

Komplek Ilir Barat Permai Blok D2 No. 608, 30134 Palembang

To Stay

It is easy to find hotels in Palembang. You can find star or ordinary hotels along Kapten A Rivai, Sudirman, R Sukamto, Veteran, and POM IX streets.


If you like to see Ampera Bridge closely, please don’t use a motor vehicle because if you stop in the middle of the bridge, the police officer will give you a ticket.

To Buy

To buy souvenirs, you only need to walk some 50 meters from Ampera Bridge where you can find a market selling various types of local foods and souvenirs such as fruits and Songket (woven fabrics). This market is called Pasar 16 Ilir. About three kilometers from there, you could find a Songket center and 50 meters from there, you could find a lekeur (carving) center.

Get Around

It is best to visit Ampera Bridge on foot so that you could feel the windblows from Musi River.

Get There

Ampera Bridge is located in Palembang. You can go to this city from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II airport at Tanjung Api-Api Street. It is an international airport that it is accessible from Malaysia, Singapore, China, and Thailand. To go to Musi River, you can take a taxi or rented car from the airport. Distance between the airport and city center is about 6 km.
In the city center, there are nine public transportations and seven city buses from various destinations that can take you to Ampera. You only need to pay Rp1,500 to Rp5,000.

To Eat

You won’t find any difficulty to find local foods here. Not far from Palembang Grand Mosque, you can enjoy Palembang traditional foods like empek-empek panggang and kerupuk (crackers) for Rp1.500 to Rp22.200 per piece, depending where you eat. In addition, there is a food stall selling es belimbing (star fruit ice). It is the only food stall that sells es belimbing. Its name is Ujuk.
On Musi River, there are floating restaurants where you could dine while seeing Ampera Bridge.

To Do

Ampera bridge is one of Palembang’s icons. Therefore, you should take pictures with Ampera as your background while enjoying watching the bridge from Musi River.


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