Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, Tangra, Kolkata
Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple
New Chinatown (Tangra), Kolkata
Tangra, Kolkata’s (Calcuta’s) new Chinatown, is known for its Chinese restaurants but it also houses the Fo Guang Shan Budhist Monastery, a Chinese Temple which doubles up as a Chienese eatery. during weekends.
Although the Chinese have made Kolkata (Calcutta) their home since the late 18th century, the Chinese settlement in Tangra only dates back to the 1920s.
This is Kolkata’s (Calcuta’s) New Chinatown, while the old Chinatown is located in Tiretta Bazar, at the very heart of the city.
The temple was founded in 1998 by Buddha Light International, a Taiwan based organization.
It is located on 8, New Tangra Road and reach it is best to head past the Big Boss Restaurant (on the right) past the Sing Cheung Sauce Factory (also on right but don’t take the right turn) leading to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple on the right.
The entrance is marked with statues of lion and leads to a open courtyard like space, leading on to the main hall housing a colossal statue of Buddha.
The best part of the temple is its atmosphere of inclusion and people of all religions are welcome in this oasis of peace.