The History of the Great Mosque of Palembang, the Architectural Magnificence of 3 Countries

Palembang Grand Mosque is one of the most historic and old mosques in Indonesia. In fact, since 2009, this mosque has been officially designated as a protected Indonesian cultural heritage.

Its historical value is not inferior to the grandeur of architecture and its function as the center of civilization. Both in Indonesia, especially the city of Palembang and the ASEAN region.

Located in a strategic area with the center of government, the Musi river, and the Ampera Bridge, this mosque is never empty of visitors.

Through these advantages, this mosque can become one tourist destination for Advontura Friends who want to do religious tourism. Want to know more information? Let’s see the article below.

History of Palembang Grand Mosque

The history of this mosque has started since the Dutch colonization in Indonesia.

This started because of the war between the people and the Dutch colonialists in 1659 for five days and five nights. As a result of the war, one mosque burned to the ground.

Finally Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I Jayo Wikramo built a new mosque right next to the burning mosque. The construction of this mosque also took a long time and received several renovations.

The biggest renovation was carried out in 1999 by Governor Rear Admiral H Rosihan Arsyad. The results of these various updates are comparable to the beauty and splendor of the Palembang Grand Mosque today.

Based on this also, the name of Palembang Grand Mosque officially became Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin I Jayo Wikramo Mosque

Palembang Grand Mosque address

This mosque is located in the Palembang Sultanate area, behind Kuto Besak Fort, close to the Musi River and the Ampera Bridge.

The address of this mosque is governmentally at Jalan Jendral Sudirman, 19 Ilir, Bukit Kecil District, Pelamebang City.

For those of you who want to visit the Ampera Bridge from this mosque, you only need ten minutes from the address to get to the bridge.

If you are still having trouble finding the location, this mosque is also right across from the famous Palembang Grand Mosque roundabout there. So, don’t worry about getting lost, okay!

Palembang Grand Mosque Tour

The beauty of Palembang Grand Mosque
The beauty of Palembang Grand Mosque (Photo By

One of the most popular types of tourism here is type religious tourism. Many domestic and foreign people are interested in coming because of its historical value or just to take part in religious activities that are held regularly here.

Next Advontura provides some important information and recommendations for activities that can be done if you want to visit this mosque.

Palembang Grand Mosque Opening Hours

This mosque is open 24 hours a day. So it is not uncommon for many people to stay up late to wait for the Tahajud prayer time or just to rest.

Palembang Grand Mosque Parking Rates

The parking fee here uses a progressive parking rate, which is a payment system that is calculated based on the length of parking time in accordance with local government regulations.

However, according to the management of the mosque, visitors need not worry because the service and security of the parking lot have been improved.

Enjoying the Magnificence of Islamic Architecture in 3 Countries

One of the main attractions for tourists to come here is the architecture of the mosque which is inspired by the styles of 3 countries at once, namely Indonesia, Europe and China.

The Nusantara style can be seen from the pyramid-shaped steps of the mosque. This form is also still inspired by the styles of Indonesian mosques which are still influenced by Hindu-Javanese culture.

The European style can be seen from the grand entrance and the materials built with marble and glass come from Europe. Meanwhile, the Chinese style can be seen from the roof of the mosque which is in the form of a pyramid with three steps like a pagoda. The combination of the three styles above is also one proof of the cultural diversity of the city of Palembang.

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Participate in Routine Activities

For those of you who are curious about the various activities at this grand mosque, you can try to take part in some of the daily, monthly to yearly activities free of charge.

Daily activities that can be attended include the five daily prayers and preaching at the mosque which aim to always remember Allah and introduce Islam.

Meanwhile, his weekly activities include studying the yellow book with Palembang city clerics. Through this activity you can meet directly with prominent scholars in the city of Palmebang. Then, the annual activities are in the form of celebrating Islamic holidays such as Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha and so on.

In addition, these mosques also often hold one juz one night reading of the Qur’an after tarawih prayers during the month of Ramadan.


For those of you who are Muslim, it is obligatory to try to worship or pray at the mosque, both the obligatory prayers and sunnah prayers. Your comfort in worshiping here is guaranteed by some of the facilities provided, such as luggage storage and slippers, a place for ablution and a spacious and clean bathroom.

Building materials made of marble and glass make this mosque always shady or cold from morning to night. Contrasting with the hot weather in Palembang, the atmosphere at this mosque is always cool, but also not noisy, making your worship more comfortable.

Hotels Near Palembang Grand Mosque

Tour in Palembang Grand Mosque
Palembang Grand Mosque (Photo By

Many hotels are available around this mosque with various price variants and facilities. Starting from Rp. 80,000.00 to Rp. 2,000,000.00, there are around the mosque and the Ampera Bridge.

Especially for those of you who want to enjoy the night atmosphere of the city of Palembang, especially in this mosque area, there’s nothing wrong with Advontura friends staying one night at several available hotels.

Some recommendations for lodging that you can try are Ayola Santosa Palembang, Capital O 2064 Kartika Sriwijaya, Emilia Hotel, and Catania LRT Cinde Palembang.

Thus the information about one of the oldest and most historic mosques in Indonesia. Hopefully this is useful for those of you who are looking for information about religious tourism or for those of you who want to visit here.

Don’t forget to keep it clean during your visit, OK? See you in the next discussion!

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