The Sikh community has been integral to Hong Kong’s development. Sikhs were some of the first police officers to keep the streets of the colonial city safe, and their business community played a role in the history-making transformation of a collection of meagre fishing villages into the cosmopolitan metropolis you see today.
The first gurudwara (Sikh temple) in Hong Kong was built in 1901 by Sikh members of the British Army. Known as the Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple, it was rebuilt in the 1930s to cater to the city’s growing Sikh community, which numbers around 10,000 today. Along with its people, the temple has witnessed the trials and tribulations of Hong Kong and was bombed twice during the Second World War, causing the death of the then priest and the injury of several people who had taken refuge inside.
Khalsa Diwan Sikh Temple offers free meals and short-term accommodation to international visitors of any faith. The main holy days and festivals it observes are the birthdays of Guru Nanak (founder of the faith) and Guru Gobind Singh (the 10th Guru); and Baisakhi – the birthday of all Sikhs.
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