What fairly seen about Palembang city? It is definitely The Ampera Bridge or widely known as Jembatan Ampera. This bridge is typically Palembang city icon that located in the heart of Palembang city, that connected Seberang Ulu area and Seberang Ilir that separated by the Musi River.
The idea to unite the two mainland in Palembang “Seberang Ulu and Seberang Ilir” by the bridge, was actually existed since Gemeente era in 1906, when the Mayor of Palembang is held by Le Cocq de Ville, in 1924. This idea was raised again and made a lot of effort to realize it. However, until Le Cocq was out of duty, or when the Dutch pull out of Indonesia, the project was never realized.
Until 1965, this bridge was officially opened by Bung Karno, the Indonesia’s first President. The idea of this bridge came up to be a match for London’s Tower Bridge and the fund for the development is taken by Japanese war reparations, with Fuji Car Manufacturing Co. Ltd as the designer and construction. After the development, the early name of the bridge was Bung Karno Bridge, but following his fall, it was renamed to Ampera Bridge.
The bridge with 1.77 km long and 22 m wide was built in 1962 and opened to traffic in 1965 has become one of the Palembanc iconic landmark. Since it was built until 1976, it was opened many times a day in order to let through river traffic. The bridge which is still known as wong Plembang as the Musi project was built with fund from Japan’s war compensation.