Chinese temples in Kolkata

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The gods enshrined in the Toong On Church of Kolkata, India.
The gods enshrined in the Nam Soon Church of Kolkata, India.

Chinese temples are used for the practice of Chinese folk religion. Kolkata have a significant Chinese community of immigrants and their descendants that emigrated from China starting in the late 18th century to work at the Calcutta port and Madras Port. Unofficial estimates put the number of Chinese in Kolkata anywhere from 5,000 to 200,000, most of whom live in or near Chinatown in Tangra.[1][2] The Chinese bought with them, their culture. At least eight of the Chinese temples are located in the old Chinatown around Tiretta Bazar in Central Kolkata.[3]


Though the places of worship are called 'churches' they belong to the Chinese traditional religion. They have nothing to do with Christianity.

  • Sea Ip Church
  • Tong on Church
  • Choonghee Dong Thien Haue Church
  • Gee Hing Church
  • Sea Voi Yune Leong Futh Church
  • Nam Soon Church


Deities of the Nam Soon Church 
Religious weaponry and scrolls of the Sea Ip Church 
Religious weaponry and scrolls of the Sea Ip Church 
Ling Liang Church sign 
Kuan Shih Yin enshrined in the Sea Ip Church 
Internal hall of the Toong On Church 
Entrance to the Toong On Church 
Entrance to the Sea Ip Church 


  1. ^ Haraprasad, Ray (23 August 2006). "Chinese". Banglapedia. Retrieved 2006-09-26. 
  2. ^ Biswas, Ranjita (2005). "Little China Stays Alive in Eastern India". IPS News. Inter Press Service News Agency. Retrieved 2006-09-26. Though most of the local Chinese are Christians, they celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year with gusto and many who emigrated from Kolkata make it a point to return at this time. 
  3. ^ Jaideep, Majumdar (17 January 2012). "A walk to unravel the confluence of cultures in Kolkata". Times of India. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 

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