Ng Shing Gung Building, Heinlenville


History San José

History San José
San Jose, United States

The Ng Shing Gung building was used as a multi-purpose community place for worship, community meeting room, Chinese school, and hostel for visitors without family in Heinlenville. This image is part of the Heinlenville Chinatown Exhibit and shows the temple with guardian effigies during Da Jui, "Feast of the Hungry Ghosts." The huge figures made of paper mache were burned at the last evening of the festival to satisfy the spirits. A reconstruction of the original Ng Shing Gung now houses the Chinese American Historical Museum at History Park.


  • Title: Ng Shing Gung Building, Heinlenville
  • Date: 1887/1932
  • Location: San Jose (Calif.)
  • Physical Dimensions: Photographic print, 10 x 8 in.
  • Provenance: History San José Photographic Collection

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