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Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Khon Kaen

In 1932, Sikhs started moving to Khon Kaen to start some kind of business and earn a living. Initially the Sikhs in Khon Kaen did not build any Gurdwara for performing any sort of religious ceremonies or prayers. Instead Sikh people's homes were used in rotation to perform the religious prayers. However, the religious ceremonies, prayers were performed only on Sundays; the first day of the month and on other religious dates.

Later, in the year 1972, as the number of Sikhs increased, a Gurdwara was then constructed. It is a two storey building, which is located at 157-9 Ruamchit Road, Khon Kaen. On the ground floor, towards the right is the Langar Hall (Community kitchen), where meals are served. Towards the left are the office and the quarters of the head of the Gurdwara.On the second floor, is the main hall, with a beautiful red-carpeted floor and in the middle of this hall is a platform, about one meter higher than the normal floor. The Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy book) is placed on this platform.

Address; 57-159 Ruamchit Rd., A. Muang, Khon Kaen 40000

courtesy: Thai Sikh .org

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