Museum Bala Putra Dewa Palembang, Indonesia
One of the Museums that we visited in Palembang Indonesia is the Museum Bala Putra Dewa Palembang. We had to take the Transmusi, which is their local bus service about 20 minutes heading towards to airport, do make sure you get the assistant of the bus conductor to help you with the proper stop.
Once you reach the junction heading to Museum Bala Putra Dewa, it’s another 10 minutes walk away. On the way, you will see a low cost restaurant, or rather a hut where you can try most of the delicious food that you can get in palembang.
You will know when you reach the Bala Putra Dewa Museum because it is quite huge, this is where you will find the Limas Traditional Houses.
The entrance fees to this Museum is only Rp 1500 per person, in Malaysian Ringgit that’s only RM0.50. Beware that the Museum is closed on Mondays.
There are 3 main halls in the Museum where you get to experience all the artifacts that has been around Palembang for so many years. This is where I started remembering all the history of Malaysia during Parameswara time of ruling. The Bala Putra Dewa Museum according to the staffs around there did a artifact swap with the museum in Malacca. So the museum in palembang featured some of the things that were found in Malacca, and vice versa.
The sad thing about this Museum is that not all the artifacts are real, most of them are infact the replicas of the original item.
One of the famous artifacts that they hold is called the Telaga Batu Inscription. This inscription was found in Telaga Batu near the Ilir Timur area of Palembang. This undated inscription uses Pallawa characters and Old Malay language. It consist of 28 lines and contains about the curse upon anyone who disobeys the king’s order and it also includes the Order of State Structure of Sriwijaya. Some history for you.