Early settlement of the Bugis From Macassar, Celebes

The home of the Bugis is Macassar, Celebes, They played an important part in the political development of the Malay Peninsula in the 18th century. They were great warriors and this enabled them to extend their political influence to Kedah and Perak and established a Bugis Sultanate in Selangor.

Soon after the founding of Singapore Bugis traders came to the settlement. By 1820 the “Pallari”, the distinct Bugis vessels, were e familiar sight in the Kallang River.  About 500 Bugis with their chief Arong Bilawa in 1822 fled from Macassar to Singapore to settle down here. Raffles in his master plan for the settlement allotted to the Bugis the land between Kampong Glam and Rochore River.

During the Japanese Occupation a number of Bugis were resettled in pontian, Johore and others moved out to Beach Road and Arab Street.

Today the Bugis have been assimilated into the Malay community and live in the Housing and Development Board flats.

Historical Sites in Singapore
Shuang Lin Temple "Siong
The Maghaim Aboth and the Chased El Synagogues
Raffles Statue (Opposite Victoria Memorial Concert Hall)
Raffles Place (Commercial Square)
Where the Singapore Merlion used to be
Anderson Bridge
Elgin Bridge
Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart
Fullerton Hotel
Thian Hock Keng Temple
The Central Sikh Gurdwara Temple
Nagore Dhurga Shrine
Tan Kim Seng Fountain
Tyersall
St Joseph’s Institution
Salvation Army Headquarters Building
Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus and Its Chapel
The Chinese Chamber Of Commerce Building
Hajjah Fatimah Mosque
First Singapore Zoo Punggol Zoo
Mount Faber
Madrasah Aljunied and Madrasah Alsagoff
Empress Place Building
Church Of St Peter And Paul
Ministry Of Labour Building

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