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Bugis – Rediscovering a Lost Identity
Some who learn about Singapore’s historical past would know that Bugis refers to a community of seafarers who once lived and traded in Singapore before the arrival of Raffles. The Bugis came in search of new land and a better life was instilled in all young Bugis men who were encouraged to sail in search of wealth and a better future. Many of them settled in Kampong Gelam and along the Rochor River. Bugis merchants brought coffee, sandalwood, tortoiseshell, nutmegs, camphor, frankincense and cotton to Singapore in exchange for other good. Although largely assimilated into the Malay community today, their unique culture still charms the hearts of our local communities in Singapore.
Lectures are held either in the Ngee Ann auditorium (in the basement) or in the River Room (level 2) at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), 1 Empress Place, Singapore 179555. Refreshments will be provided from 10:30 and the lectures will begin promptly at 11:00 am. Latecomers are asked to enter via the rear door.
This event will be held in The River Room.