On the previous article, we have known that the city of Jambi has many beautiful parks and gardens to enjoy. Most of them are representing the unique culture of the city which happens to be the capital of a province with the same name, Province of Jambi, in Sumatra Island.
If you have the chance to visit Jambi, it is very recommended to have a tour around the city as there are many other things to explore. Now to complete the information we provide on our previous article, we would like to explain more of attractions to discover in the city of Jambi.
The Historical Tourism
Jambi has thick Malayan culture as the city once became the center of the great islamic Malay empire called Jambi Sultanate. Most of the leaders and the royal family members of this great empire were buried on Kompleks Makam Rajo-Rajo Jambi (The Tomb Complex of Jambi Kings). Some famous people known to be buried there are the wife of Sultan Thaha Syaifudin, Raden Mattaher, and much more. Located on Telanaipura district, this area is considered sacred by local people.
The last leader of Jambi Sultanate, which is also the most notable one, is Sultan Thaha Syaifudin. His name was then used as the name of Jambi’s airport. Sultan once has a great palace but it was bombed by the Dutch colonial government as the Sultan refused to obey them. Sultan kept fighting for the freedom for his people. He passed away on his struggle and became the National Hero of Indonesia.
To honor his bravery, Al-Falah Mosque was then built over the land that was once his palace, on Jalan Sultan Thaha 60, Telanaipura. The mosque is also known as Mosque of Thousand Pillars due to its abundant amount of pillars. Even so, actually the mosque only has 256 pillars on it. The mosque covers the area of 2.7 hectares, making it the largest mosque in Jambi. This majestic mosque look very unique as it has no door, no windows, and no walls to cover the building. It only has pillars carved with beautiful ornaments in every detail.
Before the era of Jambi Sultanate, the land of Jambi was ruled by Srivijaya Empire, a great Buddhist empire in Indonesia. The remains of this empire can be seen on several temples available on the city. The largest one is Muaro Jambi Temple located on the district of Muaro Sebo.
On the temple complex, there are about 61 temples with unique red brick constructions. Archaeologists also found various household tools and educational equipment. This marks the high possibility that the complex was also the residence of Buddhist monks during the era as well as the Buddhist learning center. Due to its large area, various artifacts, and unique construction, the complex of Mauro Jambi Temple was cited as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Other place to discover more about history of Jambi is Jambi National Museum on Jalan Urip Sumoharjo 1. At this museum, you will see large collections that explain the history of Jambi from time to time. There are artifacts from the archaeological era where people still went hunting for foods, various traditional arts and crafts, and much more. The museum opens daily except for Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays.
No matter how unique a city could be, it won’t be really interesting if it doesn’t have wonderful form of nature. In Jambi, there is nothing to worry about it as there are many natural tourism objects that you can discover.
Sipin Lake is the most beautiful lake in Jambi city located on Simpang Baluran Kenari, district of Telanaipura. Enjoying the scenery of this lake is very effective to reduce the stress out of your head.
To enhance your experience, you can rent a fisherman’s boat and row it to the middle of the lake where you will find plenty traditional fish cages. Sipin Lake is indeed a cultivation site for freshwater fishes (mostly tilapia). If you feel hungry, you can buy various delicious seafood dishes on the food stands lining up around the lake.
There is also Teluk Lake. Similar to Sipin Lake, Teluk Lake is also the cultivation site for freshwater fishes. Besides having incredible scenery, Teluk Lake is also a venue for culture festival. Festival Danau Teluk usually takes place on the end of December. The event features many cultural performances, socialization, and various competitions.
Get a boat and row to Berhala Island, a beautiful island nearby. This tiny island could give you wonderful coastal views. The beach is a combination of soft cream sand, huge volcanic rocks, and calm water of the blue sea surrounding it. The island also has simple accommodations and food stands for tourists who wish to stay longer.
Other sites of natural tourism are Mayang Mangurai City Forest and Batanghari River. Both sites have been discussed on the previous articles along with other unique attractions available around them.
After touring around and before touring around the city, the only right thing to do is shopping for souvenirs to bring home. There are several markets in Jambi that could be the perfect spot for you to shop. Here are some of them:
Dekranasda Jambi on Jalan Sudirman is where you should go if you wish to buy unique souvenirs of Jambi. At this modern building, there will be plenty kiosks offering various items such as accessories, handmade bags, and some Batik of Jambi, either it is the raw cloth or the ones that have been processed into bags, wallet, bed sheets, or clothes. At this market, you could also buy local coffee and tea which is also export commodity of Jambi city. There are also several packaged traditional snacks of Jambi.
Other place to go shopping for special souvenirs in Jambi is at the Sanggar Batik dan Kerajinan PKK Provinsi Jambi. It is located on Jalan Sri Soedewi. The market doesn’t only sells unique products of Jambi city, but the entire cities in the Province of Jambi.
The things that you can find at this market are Batik of Jambi (in any form), Songket Jambi (traditional woven cloths of Jambi with silver and golden threads), woodcarvings from Betung, various women accessories, rattan and bamboo hand-made crafts, and much more.
Sitimang Ceramic Market on Jalan Sisingamangaraja is the perfect place to find any kinds of ceramic arts and decorative crystals in Jambi. Most of the ceramics are imported from China. The ceramic business was not a new thing in Jambi as this has already existed since the era of Srivijaya Empire. Even so, the market was not that old as it was built on 1980. At this market, some of the motives you find would be very unique and rare that you could never get it from other places.
It is very interesting to discover Jambi, especially if you are a fan of cultural and historical tourism as the city is rich of it. Don’t forget to explore the local culinary too as Jambi also has various foods and beverages to taste.
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