Ampera Bridge, Palembang

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Admire the striking red design of Ampera Bridge. Envisaged as Indonesia's answer to London's Tower Bridge, the structure contains a mechanism to lift the central section and allow boats to pass through--however, this only occurred a handful of times. Officials state that the 30 minutes needed to raise the bridge caused unacceptable delays, and that a build-up of silt prevents large ships from passing through anyway. Architect Wiratman Wangsadinata, who consulted on the project, claims the bridge's design was flawed from the beginning, and the mechanism no longer works because the bridge has sunk into the soft mud beneath it. Despite all that, it remains an attractive feature of the cityscape, and features a dedicated pedestrian ramp if you want to walk across. At night, simple but effective lights illuminate the bridge, accentuating its elegant structure. Ampera Bridge is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Palembang Edition.
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  • October 2, 2017
    jembatan Ampera yang membentang di sungai Musi menghubungkan Palembang bagian Ilir dan Palembang bagian Ulu adalah jembatan yang dibangun oleh Jepang sebagai pampasan perang yang diresmikan penggunaan...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The famous Ampera bridge will be different if you visit the bridge at night times. The color of light at the bridges and the building along both side of Musi river make a satisfaction sensation  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Jembatan yang menjadi ciri khas kota Palembang, membelah kota Palembang menjadi dua yaitu bagian ilir dan ulu. Melihat jembatan Ampera di waktu malam sangat indah karna lampu-lampu menjelang sore akan...  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    Icon of Palembang. So great in afternoon and beautiful at night with the light around. Have some perfect dinner around to enjoy it.
  • July 8, 2017
    ampera bridge is one of palembang icon. Japan gave as a gift for Indonesian independence. long time a go the bridge can lifted up so big ship can pass. but now it cannt. the view is beautiful at night. full of special lighting. the best spot to see ampera bridge is at benteng kuto besak. there's also many culinary so you can enjoy the view while eating.
  • August 26, 2017
    Ampera bridege is icon of Palembang. It's very beautiful at night.
  • July 18, 2017
    This suspension bridge has the middle section openable when large ship cross the Musi River. It was built by Japan after WW2.
  • June 28, 2017
    Icon of Palembang, many stores here and kind of 'kongkow' but need an improvement such as cleanliness.

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Unusually for a city of its size, Palembang's budget-friendly options are not as plentiful as other destinations within Indonesia. By contrast, you'll find luxury hotels ranging from three- to five-star in good supply here. Offering large banquets, Wi-Fi, ensuite bathrooms, indoor swimming pools, and other recreational facilities, some of these hotels rise to an impressive 18 stories, so accommodations should not be hard to find within a midrange to upscale budget. For more affordable lodgings, explore the few backpacker-friendly hostels, bed and breakfasts, and guesthouses.
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