Location: Jl. KHA Azhari Lorong Al-Munawar, 13 Ulu, Seberang Ulu II, Palembang City, South Sumatra 30115
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HTM: Rp. 3,000 per person
Open and close: 07.30 – 17.00
Tourism is not always about nature, museums and parks, but a village can be transformed into an attractive tour by highlighting its uniqueness. Old towns or villages with their own history are often used as tourist attractions.
Talking about the old city, Palembang is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. Palembang has various ethnicities and cultures in its community. Starting from ethnic Chinese, ethnic Indians, ethnic Arabs and others.
This time we will talk about Arab village tourism which is known as Al Munawar Tourism. This village contains people of Arab descent and also with various cultures. So that this village can be used as a tourist destination for Palembang.
How to get there
Visiting the tourist village of Al Munawar is very easy. This village is located in the 13 Ulu area, Seberang Ulu II, Palembang City. Right on the side of the Musi river and not far from the Ampera Bridge.
The way to this village can be by land route, namely by crossing over the Ampera bridge from the Ilir side to the Ulu side of Palembang.
There are many public transportation such as city buses and transmissions to Plaju that can be used to get off on the opposite side of Ulu. Then walk a little to Pasar 7 ulu and take the blue angkot Tangga Takat.
Stop at Lorong Al-Munawar. Lorogng is right in front of the Fire Station building. Or if you don’t want to bother changing transportation, you can use an online motorcycle taxi or taxi application.
There is an even more interesting way to get to Al Munawar Village, namely through the waterway, aka crossing the Musi river. You can take a small boat. This boat is called “ketek” by the people of Palembang.
Starting from the Benteng Kuto Besak pier area, the ketek tariff itself is uncertain because it requires bargaining. The default is 50 thousand for departure and return. Because the more crowded, the cheaper the tariff will be.
A brief History
The origin of the Arab village of Al Munawar is related to the Dutch rule hundreds of years ago. In 1825, the Dutch government approached ethnic Arabs.
This approach involves appointing a leader, then being given the rank of captain. The Arab captain was named Ahmad Al-Munawar. This captain died in 1970.
In this village there are rows of old houses. The age of the house is even up to 300 years old and is still standing strong. This is because the houses in Al Munawar village are made of ironwood and marble, imported from the plains of Europe.
There are about 17 old houses in this village and 8 of them are included in the Cultural Heritage Building. So it is very well cared for regularly to keep it strong and clean in order to maintain local wisdom.
Al Munawar culture
The interesting thing in this village is that the people here have close kinship lines. This happens because of the tradition that does not allow girls to marry outside the village. However, it is permissible for men to marry women outside the village because my father’s lineage as an Arab is very strong.
Because it is a village with Arab residents, Islamic values are the main pillars. It can be seen from school activities, Friday is a holiday, but school Sundays continue.
On special days such as the Islamic New Year, Ramadan and the Prophet’s Birthday, art activities such as the lute are held in celebration. Therefore, Al Munawar is one of the best religious tourism destinations in Palembang City.
Instagramable Old Building
Every corner of Al Munawar village consists of old buildings with original or authentic conditions. There are houses with unique architectural designs that can be used as photo spots.
There are many wooden benches with neat arrangements that wrap the traditional atmosphere in this village. Especially when you go deeper into the alleys that have been beautifully laid out, it adds to the impression of the old city being very thick.
The characteristic of the house here is the house on stilts with a lower floor. This house was built with wood or. There are also buildings made of brick with marble floors. Unique floor motifs add to the traditional and elegant impression.
To add to the thick Middle Eastern impression, the village of Al Munawar has been enhanced with a Turkish-style dome building. This dome is placed near the pier facing the Musi river.
On the banks of the Musi river there is also a prayer room. The location of this place of worship juts directly into the river surface. With this atmosphere, it will give you a sense of curiosity to feel worship there.
If you go to a location by a river route, then you will be greeted by the words “al munawar” and “Indonesian charm logo” which are plastered overlooking the Musi river. With a predominantly wooden building adding to a truly classic view.
There are several things that need to be considered when visiting this village, considering that we, as guests, also have to follow and respect the existing regulations in this Arab village. The rules that must be obeyed are as follows:
- Dress modestly wearing long pants / skirts and closed clothes.
- No pair photos for those who are not mahram / unmarried
- not allowed to sit together for non muhrim / unmarried
When we are in the Arab village area, it feels like we are at home because of the friendliness and sweet smiles of the local people. Even though it’s only for a short time, we can experience life with Arabic culture here.
Typical Cuisine of Al Munawar
Visitors to Al Munawar can enjoy a meal at the “munggahan” event, a kind of tradition of eating together on a lesehan basis with Arabic dishes.
The special dish is oil rice which is similar to briyani rice but there is a mixture of raisins accompanied by side dishes such as goat curry, chicken and vegetables and fruits.
The price is friendly, with 20 thousand rupiah we can enjoy cooking oil rice and side dishes. A more exciting sensation with the accompaniment of lute music and the house facing directly to the Musi river.
In this village, there is a shop that offers typical coffee which is quite trendy. Coffee lovers are highly recommended to try the typical coffee made from this village. Enjoying a cup of coffee while chatting and accompanied by the sound of the Musi river.
The Qur’an is inked in gold
The surprising thing in this Arab village of Al Munawar is that there is an old Qur’an with gold ink writing which is about 250 years old. The Qur’an itself is neatly stored in the Limas House. This Qur’an is rarely used considering its old age.