Once known as a trading port that lies by the Strait of Malacca, Pekanbaru has evolved to become one of the most attractive destination in Riau Province and Sumatera Island. Explore the beautiful cultural heritage of old Malay tribes here in this city.
Siak River’s Gem
Pekanbaru is the capital of Riau Province in Sumatra, Indonesia. The name of the city is literally translated as ‘new market’. Located on the Siak River, the city is known as a natural trading port due to its access to the Strait of Malacca. Nowadays, since the city serves as a gateway to Indonesia from Singapore, it still is a favored destination for travelers who want to go further explore the jewel of the Siak River.
Pekanbaru is home to several attractions worth seeing. One of these attractions is the Masjid An-Nur, a large mosque located on Jalan Jend Sudirman. On the road from the airport, you will also find another Pekanbaru attraction such as The Museum Negiri Riau. This museum features an interesting collection of cultural artifacts from all over Riau Province. Next to the museum, you will also find the Riau Cultural Park which serves then the center of arts and culture in Riau. If you enjoy fishing, then the Alam Mayang Fishing Park should definitely not to be missed on your travel itinerary. Located in Harapan Raya Street, this place is a favorite recreational spot for those who love to go fishing. There are a number of fishing ponds here containing different species of fish. However, despite of people enjoy fishing or not, the natural environment in this area is the main reason that people are coming in the first place.
If you are looking for a traditional shopping experience, Pasar Bawah is a good choice to answer your curiosity. This traditional market offers good quality products such as antiques, home accessories, ceramics and carpets. For those looking for souvenirs, you should definitely drop by Dekranasda Riau, which is considered as a one-stop Riau souvenir centre.