Address: Jalan Syakhyakirti, Karanganyar Village, Gandus District, Palembang City
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Opening-Close Hours: 08.00-18.00 WIB
Entrance Ticket Price (HTM): IDR 3,000
Srivijaya Archaeological Park or in Indonesian called the Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom, is one of the pictures of attractive tourist destinations in the South Sumatra region. This province, which has a capital city of Palembang, has a lot of charm.
Talking about the Sriwijaya Kingdom, where is it exactly? Some sources state that the Buddhist-style kingdom was on the north bank of the Musi River, Palembang. The Archaeological Park that we are discussing is located in the southwest of the city center of Palembang.
If you look at the floor plan or map, Sriwijaya Archaeological Park is located on Jalan Syakhyakirti, Kel. Karanganyar, Kec. Gandus, Palembang City. This park faces the battle / confluence of the Musi-Ogan-Kramasan River.
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If you want to reach this tourist location, you can really drive by using a private vehicle. If colleagues choose to use public transportation, you can also use city buses or other vehicles that go to the Buntung-Gandus Staircase.
The Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom was originally known by the local community as the Karanganyar Site. Previously, this tourist location was a residential area with several parks. This area is often associated with the Sriwijaya Kingdom.
Why is that? It turns out that this happened partly because there is a very neat regional arrangement in this area. There is a network of ditches, canals and ponds that are neatly arranged. This condition, my friend, strengthens the opinion that this was the center of the Sriwijaya Kingdom.
In this place there are also many historical relics. This legacy provides evidence for us that this location was once a center for community and residential activities.
Unfortunately, colleagues, don’t expect to find some relics such as temple buildings in this area. The main remains that were found were items that showed the daily activities of the Srivijaya people.
In 1985, archaeologists managed to find several items such as ceramics, brick structures, pottery and beads that probably originated from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Qing dynasties, namely the Chinese dynasties. Some other findings were also made by friends.
These items were obtained while building the Archaeological Park, as well as while rescuing relics. As already mentioned friends, the Karanganyar Site is man-made. This is also supported by a photo dated 1984 with a neatly arranged picture of a water structure.
The photo shows a series of canals, artificial islands, ponds and ditches with a total area of approximately 20 ha. Wow, it turns out that the civilization of society at that time was very advanced, my friend, even though the technology they used was not as advanced as ours.
Seeing the special features of Karanganyar Site, the Government restored this area and made it the Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom. The inauguration was carried out by the 2nd President of the Republic of Indonesia, Soeharto on December 22, 1994.
Friends, apparently the tourist facilities in the Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom are very good. In this place there is also the Sriwijaya Museum. What is that? Sriwijaya Museum is an information center regarding the Karanganyar Site or Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom.
In the middle of the site there is also a pavilion in the form of a Limas house. Well, in this traditional house of South Sumatra, a replica of the Kedukan Bukit inscription is kept which tells the journey of Siddhayatra Dapunta Hyang.
Not only that, my friend, in the Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom, there is also a replica of the ship driven by Admiral Cheng Ho. Surely you already know who this person is not?
Admiral Cheng Ho was a warlord from the Chinese empire who was considered to have played a major role in the spread of Islam in the Palembang area. On this basis, a replica of the ship was made and placed on the edge of an ancient water canal.
Well, for colleagues who really like photography, you will also get various special and beautiful moments at this Karanganyar Site. The uniqueness and neatness of the site arrangement will allow you to take some landscape pictures or take selfies.
Apart from these objects, in the Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom there are also several artificial islands, canals, and parks. The locations mentioned are also one of the beautiful spots to take pictures.
Colleagues also don’t need to worry because the costs to be able to enter this tourist area are not expensive. It only takes around IDR 3,000 for tourists who want to visit the Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom.
However, if you want to enter the museum inside, adult tourists have to pay an additional IDR 2,000 and for children you will be asked to pay IDR 1,500. Wow, this is still a cheap price, right?
For colleagues who bring their own vehicles, they can leave their motorbikes in the parking lot. It only costs around IDR 3,000 for a car and IDR 2,000 for a motorbike.
Tourism Object Condition
Unfortunately friends, even though it has been more than 10 years from its establishment or inauguration, many people do not know this location and understand its tourist attraction. Of course this is an issue that the government is concerned with.
Never mind the people who are outside the area, there are some people around Palembang who do not know about the existence of the Archaeological Park of the Sriwijaya Kingdom as a tourist attraction.
Very few of them know that in this place there is information about the Maritime Kingdom in Indonesia. As an information center for historical relics, this Karanganyar Site is not getting enough attention.
It’s a pity isn’t it to see a tourist attraction with great potential and importance just neglected? Let’s friends, together we rebuild our tourist destinations. Let’s come to this place and promote it.
If we are not the ones starting to promote the tourism potential of the Indonesian state, then who will do it? Let’s work together to build tourism in our country and protect it.