|• Total||400.5 km2 (154.6 sq mi)|
|• Density||3,599/km2 (9,320/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WIB (UTC+7)|
The city was the capital of the old, Buddhist kingdom of Srivijaya that included a large part of Malaysia and Indonesia. After a 1025 raid by the Chola Empire of southern India it became less imortant. Srivijaya's capital moved north to Jambi. Palembang is also the home of Parameswara, the ruler of Malacca (a state in Malaysia) who started the most important empire in Malaysian history.
The Battle of Palembang was fought near the city during the Second World War between February 13-February 15 1942. Japanese forces captured the airport and nearby oil refinery after a short but bloody battle.
Palembang's economy has grown after it became a venue for National Sporting Event in 2004. . Palembang was also one of hosts of the 2007 AFC Asian Cup.
This city is famous in Indonesia for its "Pempek" fish cakes.
- Klemen, L (1999-2000). "The battle for Palembang, February 1942". Dutch East Indies Campaign website. http://www.dutcheastindies.webs.com/palembang.html.
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