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Welcoming SEA Games 2011

7 November 2011 No Comment

Southeast Asia’s largest sporting event is back! In four days time, the much anticipated 26th SEA Games event will kick-off in Palembang, Indonesia on 11 November 2011. Claimed to be the largest SEA Games ever, the Games’ official website stated that this year’s event is expected to bring together more than 9,000 athletes from 11 countries, who will compete in 44 sports. This year’s SEA Games also include sports that originated from the region, such as Vovinam from Vietnam and Pencak Silat from Indonesia. Athletes and officials aside, the competition will also undoubtedly draw thousands of spectators to the two host cities of Jakarta and Palembang.

To show our support for the 26th SEA Games, the Travcult crew have compiled a short list of travel trivia on the two host cities.

Ampera Bridge, Palembang. 
(Photo credit: Joe Stevanovski / Wikimedia Commons)

Palembang

– Palembang is the administrative center of the South Sumatra province. The city is one of the oldest in Indonesia, with the earliest record of its existence dating back to the 7th century C.E.

– The city held an important regional role as the capital of Srivijaya, a Buddhist kingdom that stretched from present-day Southern Thailand to Java. Museum Balaputradewa in Palembang holds a large collection of relic from the Srivijaya era.

– Pempek, a traditional dish famed all over Indonesia, originated from Palembang. The dish consists of slices of fishcake served with noodle, vegetables, and vinegar based sauce.

– Palembang is situated along the Musi River, the longest river in Sumatra. The city’s most important landmark, the Ampera Bridge, crosses this river.

– Palembang is known for its traditional Songket fabric, which is well sought after by visitors to the city.

Kita Bisa (We Can) – Official Song of SEA Games 2011

 

Jakarta

– The capital of Indonesia needs little introduction. A bustling metropolis with 9.6 million inhabitants, Jakarta is the largest city in Indonesia, and is one of the main gateways for visitors to the country.

– Jakarta is no stranger to the SEA Games, having hosted the Games in 1979, 1987, and 1997.

– Most of the city’s inhabitants come from other parts of the Indonesian archipelago, but the city is also home to its own ethnic group, the Betawi.

– Jakarta’s old town, located near the city’s northern coast, was an administrative and commercial centre for the Dutch East Indies. Many buildings from the colonial era can still be seen today, although some is in state of disrepair. Notable points of interest in the old town area include: Museum Wayang (hand puppet museum), Museum Sejarah Jakarta (Jakarta history museum), and Museum Bank Indonesia (Bank Indonesia Museum).

– The city’s landmark, 132 meter tall Monumen Nasional (National Monument, also known affectionately as “Monas”), is the perfect spot to view Jakarta’s skyline.

 

We wish all participants the best of luck in the upcoming SEA Games 2011!

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