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A hidden gem of Mumbai, the 100-yo Kwan Kung Temple is the city's ONLY Chinese temple

The traditional Chinese paraphernalia encapsulates the central deity of this temple- the Warrior God, Kwan Kung.

Almost every major city in the world which has a dockyard, like New York or Singapore, boasts of a thriving Chinatown. Doesn't this make you wonder why Mumbai doesn't have a similar mix of culture? During the 1800s, thousands of Chinese settled in India, however, the Indo-Chinese War of 1962 changed the situation quite dramatically.

Today, the last remnant of the once-thriving Chinatown around Dockyard Road in Mumbai, is the nearly hundred-year-old Kwan Kung Temple, commonly referred to as the Chinese Temple. So visit this temple, whenever the pandemic situation permits you, for a glimpse of Chinese culture beyond its stereotyped depiction in cinema!

For blessing, longevity & prosperity

Nestled in a quiet corner of Mazagaon, you will encounter a bright red coloured door marking the entrance of an ancient building that houses the only Chinese Temple located in Mumbai. The environs of this pious place are suffused with the aroma of incense, soothing harmonious chants and the music of wind chimes.

The rickety staircase of this two-storeyed temple greets you with a mural of Fuk, Luk and Sao- Chinese Gods of blessing, longevity and prosperity, respectively. The traditional red Chinese religious paraphernalia encapsulates the central deity of this temple- the Warrior God, Kwan Kung, who is believed to be the remover of obstacles.

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Decorated with a number of lanterns, table artefacts, scriptures in gold and walls marked by wise words of Confucious and other saints, this temple is a must-visit for all culture buffs. To enjoy the full rhythm of this place, we suggest you visit it during the Moon Festival or Chinese New Year for the Chinese Temple really comes to life during that time frame!

Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM

Location: Dockyard Road, Mazagaon, Mumbai

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