Makassar, formerly known as Ujung Pandang, is the capital city of the province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is the land of the Bugis, the largest group linguistically and ethnically in South Sulawesi. There are Bugis Makassar, Bugis Bone, Bugis Soppeng, et cetera. Why the distinction? Perhaps they want to be known by the region they belong to and there are a few regions in South Sulawesi (also Southeast Sulawesi) that speak the lingo with subtle differences. As for me what I know is that it is the land of my maternal roots. Which region? I don’t know and I don’t speak the lingo, unless I could find houses that are quite similar to those Bugis houses that are found in the Johor-Riau area. I know it exists. If I am not mistaken, I once saw it in Indonesia national television TVRI. It was quite similar except for the stilts that were higher than those in Johor-Riau and its boxy arrangement.
Bugis are well known for their seafaring skills. They have reached far and wide. Also, their boat, the Pinisi, is well known too. It looks like a schooner but because of its larger front mast it could be termed resembling a ketch. I read that the design was derived from the Dutch pinas of the early 17th century. This left me guessing that what is left of the original Bugis boat is the art of making the boat itself and that boat building craft now can still be found in Bulukumba, a district in the southernmost tip of the peninsula province of South Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Pssst: One other thing about the Bugis, they (not all of them) are quite hot-tempered.
Last week I set foot for the first time in the land of my ancestors and spent five days in Makassar. It was a short five days stay and not enough time to venture far and out except for Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National Park. I stayed at Losmen Semeru in the northern part of the city near the Port of Makassar and spent most of the time covering the coastal areas from Paotere port in the north down to Trans Mall in the south. Here are the rest of the selected pictures.