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
Sri Krishnan Temple
Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
Oranjie Building
Pearl’s Hill
Church of Our Lady of Lourdes
Old National Library @ Stamford Road Singapore
Hong San See Temple
Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Tan Kim Seng Fountain
Giok Hong Tien Temple
Japanese Cemetery Park
Roman Catholic Church of the Sacred Heart
Supreme Court Building
Jamae Masjid
Kranji War Memorial
Telok Ayer Market “Lau Pa Sat”
Manmatha Karuneshvarar Temple
Tao Nan School
Anderson Bridge
Read Bridge
Elgin Bridge
Chin Kang Hui
Kampong Bugis
The Armenian Church of Saint Gregory
Wesley Church and Anglo Chinese School

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