The old man jump into the water to pull the boat out of the shallow estuary of the river. Feel bad that he have to do that before the engine start.
When you are in Palembang and have enough time, go to Kemaro Island, it’s somewhere in the middle of the Musi River. The name means that the island never gets flood even though the Musi River on a high tide. It’s tiny delta located about 6 kilometers downstream of Ampera Bridge, but don’t expect spectacular thing. There is a Chinese vihara (klenteng Hok Tjing Rio) on it. Kemaro Island lies between the industrial areas of Sriwijaya Plant Fertilizer and Pertamina Oil Refinery in Plaju and Gerong River. Forty kilometers from Palembang, Kemaro Island is a popular recreation site. On the island there is a Buddha temple that often visited by Buddhist to pray or to visit the graves. A great religious event Cap Go Meh is held in Kemaro Island a month after Imlek New Year. The fancy Cap Go Meh on the island have various showtimes characteristic, such as the Pagoda decorated with lights, Barongsai (Lion Dance), the Chinese puppet art and Liong (Dragon Dance). It’s the best time to visit Kemaro and many people go there even from Singapore and Malaysia.
The story about Kemaro Island’s Legend in Bahasa Indonesia
The island has a legend of love affair between Siti Fatimah, the daughter of Palembang King, who was proposed by the Son of Chinese King named Tan Bun Ann. Tan Bun Ann was required by Siti Fatimah to prepare 9 jugs containing gold. Tan Bun Ann’s parents agreed with it and to avoid an attack from pirates they covered the jugs with vegetables. When the ship arrived in Palembang, Tan Bun Ann examined the jugs and surprised he found out that the jugs only contained vegetables. He became disappointed and he threw all the jugs into the river. However, one of the jugs hit the ship and broke into pieces and the gold inside came into sight.
Regrets for what he had done, he decided to dive to find the other jugs and the loyal bodyguard followed him. Seeing this, Siti Fatimah decided to do the same thing and said, “If a land emerges on this river, it is a place where I will be buried.”
Legend of true love is hereditary and storied famous until now.
The nine-story Pagoda
Laughing Buddha and the Pagoda
Got the pictures at Kemaro Island, enjoyed fresh coconut water and ready to cruise the river with that slow-long-tail-boat.
Just realized how big Musi River is by looking at this ship of PUSRI
Ship from Samarinda
A disuse ship that became a home, next to it is a Musi Floating Clinic
People bath and do the laundry at the river
Limas Traditional House
These ornate wooden houses are built on stilts and come complete with hand-carved columns, doors and window frames. Limas houses are built along riversides but are not facing the waterfront to allow daily household activities to be conducted in private. This must-see architecture usually comes in 15-20m in width and 30-60m in length.
16 Ilir Market, lined of mini restaurant and floating café
16 Ilir Market is a multi storey bazaar situated near Masjid Agung. It’s a good place to buy traditional Palembang textile called Songket, which can be found in the form of clothes, shoes, purses, cushion covers, calligraphy, handicrafts and many more. Indonesian artists are touted to craft some of the finest wood-carvings to be found in the world. Visitors are welcomed to bargain!
Floating café under the Ampera Bridge
There are many floating café with which one can enjoy Musi River and tasting local coffee and cuisine under the Ampera Bridge and in front of Benteng Kuto Besak.
Musi River and Ampera Bridge
To reach the island, go to Intirub, it was a tire factory (because my hotel is near to Intirub), take a long-tail-boat, bargain for Rp 100,000 – Rp 120,000 for a boat to take you to Kemaro Island and Ampera Bridge. It’s interesting to cruise on a small boat for about an hour with all of the view that I’ve never seen it before. I kinda worried with the wave from bigger boat every time it passes us, but it’s quiet an experience. What I worried was my camera, I was afraid that the boat will flip over and my camera would…….oh, what was I thinking, it safe though, my camera survived
Source: Booklet of Tourism & Cultural Office of Palembang City