Helloindonesia.id – South Sumatra has long been known as Srivijaya earth, since the 7th century in this region there was the world’s largest and most respected maritime kingdom named the Srivijaya Kingdom. The influence of the Siriwijaya Kingdom even spread to Madagascar, South Africa. The triumph of Srivijaya collapsed into the 13th century AD, at the same time South Sumatra became a no-man’s land and its waters became a pirate’s lair. Until entering the 15th century AD, the Sultanate of Palembang emerged until the arrival of western colonialism to the land of South Sumatra.
A piece of the story is a historical snippet that has happened to accompany the ups and downs of the glory of South Sumatra as part of the archipelago. As one of the regions in Indonesia that has a long history of existence, South Sumatra certainly has many priceless relics from the past. This is represented by the many museums in Palembang, one of which is the Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum.
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum is a museum that stores historic relics from the era of the Srivijaya Kingdom to the Sultanate of Palembang. In addition, the museum which is located across the Musi River, precisely on Jalan Sutan Mahmud Badaruddin No. 2 also presents information about the culture and customs that have existed in the city of Palembang.
According to the head of the museum, Ali Hanifiah, the Sultan Badaruddin Museum has around 500 historical relics in the form of replicas of various inscriptions that have been found in the city of Palembang. One of them is the Kedukan Bukit inscription, an important inscription that forms the basis of the anniversary of the city of Palembang. The unique replica of the hilltop inscription is formed with the size of one to one so that it looks like the original.
In addition to the inscriptions, other historical heritages which are used as museum collections are various traditional weapons and cloths from the Palembang Sultanate era, ceramics, and currencies that have been valid in Palembang since the time of the Srivijaya Kingdom until now. While in other parts of the museum there are also paintings and dioramas depicting various historical events that have occurred in Palembang.
Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Museum opens every Monday-Friday from 07.30 West Indonesia Time to 16.00 West Indonesia Time, while on Saturday and Sunday the museum opens from 09.00 West Indonesia Time until 15:00 West Indonesia Time. With a relatively affordable ticket price, which is only by paying IDR 1,000 for students, IDR 2,000 for students, IDR 5,000 for the general public, and IDR 20,000 for foreign tourists, visitors will get information about the ins and outs of the history of Palembang, starting from the era of the Srivijaya kingdom until the advent of colonialism.
“There are quite a lot of visitors to the museum, from PAUD children to students, then there are also many general guests. Usually they are not only looking for information about the history of Srivijaya, they are also conducting research, “said Ali Hanafiah. As head of the museum, Ali Hanafiah also hopes that in the future people will be even more fond of coming to the museum. Considering the museum is the only place to prove the culture of a society, for him a society will look healthy if the museum is healthy.
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