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
Changi Gaol
Ministry of Information
Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart
Parliament House
Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd
Supreme Court Building
Empress Place Building
Nagore Dhurga Shrine
Fullerton Hotel
Belle Vue House
Oranjie Building
Manmatha Karuneshvarar Temple
Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
Hong Lim Green "Hong Lim Park"
Clarke Quay
Giok Hong Tien Temple
Saint Joseph’s Church
Long Shan Si "Leong San See Temple"
Sri Dhandayuthapani Temple
Victoria Theatre And Memorial Hall (Empress Place)
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Jamae Masjid
Majestic Theatre

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