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
Goodwood Park Hotel
The Alkaff Mansion
Fullerton Hotel
Raffles Hotel
Cathay Building
St Joseph’s Institution
Giok Hong Tien Temple
Anderson Bridge
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
The Central Sikh Gurdwara Temple
Cathedral Of The Good Shepherd
The Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital
Belle Vue House
Saint Joseph’s Church
Po Chek Kiong "Tan Si Chong Su"
Kranji War Memorial
Cavenagh Bridge
Read Bridge
Sri Senpaga Vinayagar Temple
Telok Ayer Market “Lau Pa Sat”
Southern Hotel
Madrasah Aljunied and Madrasah Alsagoff
Japanese Cemetery Park
Jinrikisha Station

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