Sikhs became the prominent Indian face in the variegated Old Shanghai policing landscape – inviting constant attention for their stalwart appearance .Shanghai had few gurdwaras (Sikh temples), of which only one survives. Opened in 1908 with Sikh funds on a piece of land donated by Shanghai Municipal Council, the governing body of the international settlement, the edifice still exists.

Nagar Kirtans, Vaisakhi and other Sikh festivals were celebrated here. Ghadr freedom fighters distributed literature persuading others to join the secret meetings. S.M.Policeman E.I.M.Barrett spied on the gurdwara goings-on. The gurdwara became a hub of conspiracies and celebrations.

It’s now a residence for few families, an officially declared immovable cultural relic but the conditions of this place are not exactly conducive to decent living.Today’s view of the former gurdwara offers little clues to the past – only its cracked tiled floor and thin walls attest to the struggles of  Sikhs living in pre-1949 Shanghai.

Now & Then - Sikh gurdwara in Shanghai

Now & Then – Sikh gurdwara in Shanghai

326 Dong BaoXing Road.

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