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Ng Shing Gung

Temple of Five Gods

 
 
Ng Shing Gung Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
1. Ng Shing Gung Marker
[Photo caption:]
Ng Shing Gung at original location c. 1900.
Inscription. The original Ng Shing Gung, or Temple of Five Gods, was constructed in 1888 on Cleveland Avenue near Taylor Street in Heinlenville, and early San Jose Chinatown. Heinlenville consisted of a network of small streets within the block bordered by Sixth, Seventh, Taylor and Jackson streets. The building was constructed by Chinese labor under the direction of Yee Fook. Construction was financed by public subscription for $2000. The building served the Chinese community as a meeting hall, cultural center, school and place of worship. Elaborately carved and gilded alters made in Canton, China were housed on the second floor.

In 1931, the City of San Jose acquired Ng Shing Gung along with the rest of the Heinlenville property. Most of the buildings were torn down to make way for the construction of a City maintenance facility. In 1949 Ng Shing Gung was also dismantled. The altar furnishings and a portion of the facade were preserved and placed in storage by the City. In the early 1970s, these artifacts were moved to storage at the San Jose Historical Museum in Kelly Park and became part of the Museum Collection. A replica of the Ng Shing Gung building was included in the Museum Master Plan in 1972.

The Chinese community, desiring to preserve their heritage, formed the non-profit Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP)
Ng Shing Gung and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
2. Ng Shing Gung and Marker
to reconstruct Ng Shing Gung as an exhibit building focusing on the history and culture of the Chinese in Santa Clara Valley. In 1988 CHCP entered into formal contract with the City of San Jose and raised over $600,000 from the community in support of the project. The building and the exhibits were dedicated on September 29, 1991, and are a gift to the community and all its visitors from the Chinese Historical and Cultural Project.

This sign was made possible by the San Jose Historical Museum Association Endowment Fund.
 
Erected by San Jose Historical Museum Association.
 
Location. 37° 19.191′ N, 121° 51.492′ W. Marker is in San Jose, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from Senter Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1650 Senter Road, San Jose CA 95112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Printing Office (within shouting distance of this marker); The Print Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Warburton’s Office (within shouting distance of this marker); O’Brien’s (within shouting distance of this marker);
The Ng Shing Gung Temple image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
3. The Ng Shing Gung Temple
Dashaway Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); San Jose Electric Tower (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Empire Firehouse (about 300 feet away); The Nelson-DeLuz House (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Jose.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in History Park, a part of San Jose’s Kelly Park.
 
Categories. Asian Americans
 
The Ng Shing Gung Temple image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 25, 2012
4. The Ng Shing Gung Temple
Siew Yee Lo image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2012
5. Siew Yee Lo
[The plaque near the top of the Siew Yee Lo reads:]

An important part of the worship practice was the use of the Siew Yee Lo or “Burning Offerings Oven.” Paper offerings, paper money and incense were burned in the oven depending on the occasion. This is a replica of the Siew Yee Lo which stood next to the original Ng Shing Gung.
Ng Shing Gung Shrine image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 29, 2012
6. Ng Shing Gung Shrine
Ng Shing Gung at original location c. 1900. image. Click for full size.
7. Ng Shing Gung at original location c. 1900.
Map of History Park image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer
8. Map of History Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 635 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on February 3, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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