23 January 2015


South Sumatra Province is one part of the unitary Republic of Indonesia in its capital city of Palembang. Southern Sumatra is not only rich with heritage tourism and maritime country, but also rich with crops and natural resources and minerals , such as coal mines , gold mines , oil and gas , spices and variegated plants , one of the natural wealth The southern seumatera is the precious stone mines . Where to now many mining precious stones that are still hidden . many enthusiasts of both local and foreign who hunt the mines in South Sumatra , especially mine precious stones . Noble stone quarry south Sumatra can be demonstrated even been recognized the world about the uniqueness and beauty of the precious stones , such as Precious Stones River Stone Dareh or Lumut , Blue Sky , Spiritus , Lapender and other types of agate . Price is the price of precious stones ranging from tens of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars . One example Majesty The stone came from South Sumatra : 1. Stone Dareh River: 2. Stone Blue Sky : 3. Stone Spiritus : 4. Stone Lavender : And there are many other types of agate 

1. Precious Stones Dareh River : 

2. Blue Sky 

3. Spritus 

4. Lavender

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24 May 2013

History and Legend Kemaro Island

Kemaro Island, is a little on the Musi River Delta, located about 6 km from the Ampera Bridge. Kemaro island located in the industrial area, which is in between Sriwijaya Fertilizer Plant and Pertamina Plaju and Gerong River. Kemaro Island is a recreation area in the River Musi headliner In this place there is a Chinese temple (temple Hok Tjing Rio). On the island there are also Kemaro Buddhist temples frequented by Buddhists to pray or to visit the tomb. There are also often held the Cap Go Meh every Chinese New Year. Kemaro name was taken because this island has never flood, although the Musi River overflowed. Behind the beauty of the island Kemaro, Palembang, South Sumatra, a tragic love story tucked Palembang princess, Siti Fatimah. On this island there is also said to be the tomb of the last resting place of the princess. According to local legend, in ancient times, Palembang is sent to a daughter married to a son of the king of China. The princess asked 9 jars of gold as dowry. To avoid the pirate gold urns are covered vegetable and when he saw the boy king opened it contained only vegetable jars are then banished to the river. Sense of disappointment and regret making the king's son decided to throw ourselves into the river and drowned. The princess had come to throw ourselves into the river and drowned. The princess was buried in the Kemaro Island and built a shrine to his memory 

Place of Interest 

When set foot on this island, you can feel a thick Chinese. It can be seen from the 9-story pagoda towering in the middle of the island. The new building was built in 2006. In addition there is a pagoda pagoda that was once there. Soei Goeat Kiong temple or better known as Kuan Im temple built since 1962. In front of the temple there is the tomb of Tan Bun An (Prince) and Siti Fatimah (Daughter) are side by side. They both love story that became a legend this island formation. Besides this place also there is a tree called the "Tree of Love" is denoted as the rite of "True Love" between the two nations and two different cultures in ancient times between Siti Fatimah daughter of Sriwijaya and Tan Bun An Interior Prince of China, it is said , if there are couples who carve their names in the trees then their relationship will continue until the level of marriage. For this reason the island is also referred to as the Island Houses. It is said that there is a legend tragic love story. Quoted from the official website of South Sumatra Province, Thursday (07/02/2013), this legend tells about the love story between the daughter of King Palembang, Siti Fatimah with a rich merchant prince home country as well as China, Tan Bun Ann. Both are in love and agree to marry. Siti Fatimah Tan Bun stipulating on Ann to provide 9 jars filled with gold. Tan Bun Ann then sent one of his bodyguards return to China to ask for gold and blessing to her parents. Of course, the request is granted parental Tan Bun Ann. To keep the gold from pirates, the gold covered jar with pickled mustard greens. Arriving near the island Kemaro, Tan Bun Ann compelled to examine the contents of the urn. View contents only pickled mustard greens, he was upset and throw the jars into the river. However, he threw the jar is accidentally broken. That's where he saw the gold pieces. Tan Bun Ann was surprised to see it. He was very sorry for late notice. Ordered the police to take back the jars that have been drowned in the River Musi. However, the guards actually drowning. Finally, Tan Bun Ann decided to plunge into the river and look for the jars. Naas, he also drowned in the River Musi. To hear what happened to her future husband, Siti Fatimah took the initiative to jump with the intention of helping. He said, "If there is soil that grows on the banks of the river, so that's where my grave." Turns and Siti Fatimah Tan Bun Ann had never come to the surface. Soon, there are two mounds of earth is believed to be the tomb of Siti Fatimah and Tan Bun Ann. To commemorate them, made a grave both Kemaro Island. Not to forget, in this area there is also a love tree. This love is a tree that is quite old banyan with very dense branches. That said, if someone wrote her name and her partner in the tree, then the fabric of their love will be more lasting. To get to the island, the traveler must travel approximately 20 minutes. Journey in starting a small pier in front Kuto Besak. The island will be crowded and tourists during Chinese New Year celebrations Cap Go Meh, especially for the traveler of Chinese descent. 

 Gate or entrance Kemaro Island

Tomb is believed to be the 'eternal home'  Siti Fatimah and Tan Bun Ann

Tree of love

Pagoda on the Kemaro Island

Kemaro Island Palembang

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History of Cheng Ho Mosque in Palembang

The presence of Admiral Cheng Ho was separated from Palembang. Since the voyage around the world, Zheng He had three times come to Palembang. Zheng He was a Muslim eunuch who became a confidant of the Yongle Emperor of China (reigned in 1403-1424), the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty. His real name was Ma He, also known as Ma Sanbao (马 三 保), comes from Yunnan province. When the Ming army conquered Yunnan, Cheng Ho was arrested and then made eunuchs. He was a Hui tribes, tribes that are physically similar to the Han, but a Muslim. Natural spread of Islam in Indonesia, in addition to do the traders from Arabia and surrounding areas, was the origin of Chinese traders had a role to spread Islam in the coastal area of ​​Palembang. Here, too, the role of Admiral Cheng Ho in spreading Islam in Palembang. Zheng He's fleet by 62 ships and 27,800 troops he leads totaled four times that ever docked at the Old Port in Palembang. Palembang in 1407 under the authority of Srivijaya never asked for help China's fleet in Southeast Asia to crack down on Chinese Hokkien robbers disturbing the peace. Robber chief Ji Chen Tsu was successfully arrested and taken to Peking. Since then, Admiral Cheng Ho Chinese community established Islam in Palembang who had been there since the era of Sriwijaya The people inhabited many Chinese. Hordes of pirates led by Tsu Chen Ji, actually a former naval officer Cantonese Chinese origin. He fled when the Ming Dynasty to power. Escape anchored in Palembang. Palembang has made his return to the merchants who stopped fretting. Therefore, Chen Tsu Ji brought thousands of followers and build a power base in Palembang, or in Chinese, po-lin-fong, which means "old port." During power in Palembang, Ji Chen Tsu controlled the area around the mouth of the Musi River, waters Breech , and Bangka Strait. Ji Chen Tsu men merompak all ships passing through the waters. Coincidence or not, the areas that until now a bandit pockets Palembang. During Zheng He's trips between 1405-1433 AD, he had four times to Palembang. In 1407 AD, Zheng He's fleets come to Palembang in order to crack down on pirates led by the Ji Chen Tsui. Later, in the year 1413-1415M, 1422M-1421, and the years 1431 to 1433 AD, Zheng He's fleet anchored to Palembang. After eradicating the robbers, Admiral Cheng Ho anchored up to three times to Palembang. However, no one knows the intent and purpose. 


Sriwijaya Mosque Muhammad Cheng Hoo , a mosque located in the Jakabaring China has architectural design, can accommodate about 600 worshipers and a 2-story. Cheng Ho Mosque has a unique architectural design, which combines elements of local culture with shades Palembang Chinese and Arabic. The mosque is built on a land of 5,000 square meters is located in a middle-class residential complex. Towers on either side of the temple-mosque emulate pagoda in China, painted red and jade green. This mosque began in use since August 2008. There is no barrier that separates the congregation of men and women in the mosque. Men pray on the first floor, while women on the second floor. In the neighborhood of the mosque there is a small house for the priest, an office, a library, and a multipurpose room. 


Cheng Ho mosque functions more than just a place of worship. This mosque menghelat religious activities and community, and has become a tourist destination, attracting visitors from Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and even Russia. Cheng Ho Mosque in Indonesia is proof that there is space for citizens to express their unique identity - mixing tradition and culture of Chinese and Indonesian Islam in a local context. 

 Laksamana Cheng Ho

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Kampung Kapitan. ( Captain Village )

NAME Kapitan identical to a ghetto area of approximately 20 ha in area 7 Ulu Village, District I Seberang Ulu, Palembang. The name is a sort of marker for the presence of Chinese clan community residing in the village. Village boundary, starting from the edge of the Musi River in the north to the edge of Jl CRC Azhary in the southern part. Western part bordering the River Temple has now died and east to the River Kedemangan. The entrance to the village of Kapitan, so people call Palembang, along approximately 50 meters. Upon entering the main area of the village, past the gate which is really a sort of liaison between the house and the house of Kapitan Abu, which is the symbol of this village. Abu's house designation, after the expiration of the last Chinese Kapitan, Kapitan Tjoa Ham Hin. He replaces the position of his father, Major Tjoa Tjie Kuan. Home Kapitan original size 22 X 25 meters. Kapitan descent, who became heir of the house, make an additional building at the rear so that the size of a 50 meter length. In the main room, there is a table prayer, which placed some incense burner (place of incense), and the statues of the Toa Pe Kong. One of them, Toa Pe Kong Sie, which is the ancestral family Tjoa. Tjoa Kapitan ancestors, according to a sort of diary of this family, was Sie Te, who came to Palembang in the transitional period and the kingdom of Sriwijaya Palembang Darussalam Sultanate, namely the XVI-XVIII centuries 

Kampung Kapitan ( Captain Village )

Indeed one of the heritage buildings of China. However, China is not an inherent characteristic of there, but rather a blend of cultures Palembang, China, and the Netherlands which was thick coloring area located on the edge of the Musi River. According to humanists and historians Palembang, Djohan Hanafi, the emergence of Kampung Kapitan related to the collapse of the kingdom of Srivijaya in the eleventh century and the advent of the Ming Dynasty in China in the XIV century. Since the days of Srivijaya until now, the artery of the Musi River water transportation to move the city of Palembang and the surrounding economy. Groove homecoming ships, boats, getek, barge, tug boat and a speed boat that brought crops, can be seen. However, behind the density of activity in the river that divides the city of Palembang into two, namely Seberang Ulu and Ilir, there are more tourist attention, namely Kampung Kapitan. Kampung Kapitan is a group of 15 Chinese-style building houses on stilts which is located in the Village 7 Ulu Seberang Ulu Subdistrict 1. This village was originally the residence of an officer rank of lieutenant Chinese descent (captain) who worked for the Dutch colonial government. Land in Seberang Ulu is indeed for migrants from outside Palembang. Interestingly, the house adopts the form of the pyramid (Palembang traditional houses) are reserved for Palembang nobles. However, the shape of the house also adopted the Chinese public house typology with courtyard (open space) in the middle, which is useful for ventilation and light entry. Tradition also still visible on the interior of the house is furnished with a table altar for ancestor worship. This blend can be understood, because in the last days of the Sultanate of Palembang, Chinese people began to mingle with the native peoples Palembang through marriage or converted to Islam. At the Dutch colonial administration, changes of Chinese society into a society that has watched a special position. It looks at the support columns on the front porch on the first house made of wood, turned into a brick column with a classic European style, although the proportion of looks to suit the building. Buildings in Kampung Kapitan core consists of three houses, is the biggest building and overlooks the River Musi. The house in the middle of the most frequently functioned to organize a party and meeting place, while the second house on the east side and west for residences. From the land, there is only one way into Kampung Kapitan which is about 800 meters from under the bridge. In the entrance there are two gates which leaves the door missing. But now, elegance Kampung Kapitan almost disappeared. Only the old buildings are still standing, although a lot of minor damage in a variety of angles. In addition, parts of the building are made of wood looks dull. However, the wood walls are not damaged because it is made of wood unglen lasting for hundreds of years. Inside the house, ash and altar table adorned prayer several gods, also looks dusty and littered with cobwebs. Almost no furniture or cabinets that can describe the situation of the past. There are only a few photos are still plastered lieutenant in the east parlor. Central part of the village park also has turned into a terrain that is not neglected. Two lions, a symbol of the Chinese officer who once graced the front of the core is also missing. According Tjoa Kok Lim, Kampung Kapitan neglected after the captain abandoned the descent. Tjoa Kok Lim keep the house as the fourth sister followed their husbands out of Palembang. Kampung Kapitan fading fame also makes children Tjoa Kok Lim chose to work in Jakarta and Lampung. He is now only accompanied by a second daughter to keep the core house, after the third house sold to someone else. Small houses in Kampung Kapitan also been held by the inhabitants, no longer in possession of the family of lieutenant Tjoa Ham Hin. 

Photo collection of village captain

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