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
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
The Central Sikh Gurdwara Temple
Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
Hajjah Fatimah Mosque
Singapore Cricket Club
Caldwell’s House
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
The Bronze Elephant Statue (Parliament House)
St Joseph’s Institution
Wesley Church and Anglo Chinese School
Ban Siew San Temple
College of Medicine Building
Empress Place Building
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Ministry of Information
Goodwood Park Hotel
Saint Joseph’s Church
St Georges Church
Victoria Theatre And Memorial Hall (Empress Place)
First Singapore Zoo Punggol Zoo
Bawaeanese Pondok (lodging house)
Salvation Army Headquarters Building
Shuang Lin Temple "Siong
Cathay Building

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