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
Keramat Iskandar Shah
Sultan Mosque / Masjid Sultan
Institution Hill
Thian Hock Keng Temple
Victoria Theatre And Memorial Hall (Empress Place)
Yue Hai Qing Miao "Yueh Hai Ching Temple"
Hong Lim Green "Hong Lim Park"
Coleman Bridge
Hajjah Fatimah Mosque
Old Thong Chai Medical Institution
Silat Road Sikh Temple (Gurdwara)
Oranjie Building
Syonan Memorial to the Spirits of the Loyal Soldiers
Empress Place Building
The Alkaff Mansion
Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall
Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
Raffles Place (Commercial Square)
Majestic Theatre
St Georges Church
Church Of St Peter And Paul
Sri Vadapathira Kaliamman Temple
Bawaeanese Pondok (lodging house)
Ministry Of Labour Building
The Armenian Church of Saint Gregory

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