Indians in Taiwan

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Indians in Taiwan
Total population
3,565[1] · 1,925[2] (June 2019 · April 2013)
Regions with significant populations
Taipei City · Taipei1,178 · 839[2]
Hsinchu City · Hsinchu667 · 326[2]
Taipei County · Taichung545 · 158[2]
Mandarin Chinese · English · Languages of India
Hinduism · Sikhism · Islam · Jainism
Related ethnic groups
People of Indian origin

There is a small community of Indians in Taiwan consisting mainly of immigrants and expatriates from India. As of April 2013, there are about 1,900 Indian residents in Taiwan.[2]


Indians have been coming to Taiwan since the 1980s — mainly businessmen, jewelers, and scientists. The first Indians to arrive were a community of Sindhi traders. This community used to have around 200 families, but now numbers only 40 or 50 as the majority of them have migrated to China, mainly to Guangzhou. Another similar-sized early group of Indians is made up of families in the diamond and precious stones trade who sell their wares to Taiwanese jewelers.[3][4]

As a part of its "Look East" foreign policy, India has sought to cultivate extensive ties with Taiwan in trade and investment as well as developing cooperation in science & technology, environment issues and people-to-people exchanges.[5] These exchanges have led to a minor influx of Indians into Taiwan, with small groups of Indian nationals springing up in several locations near the country’s larger universities, most notably in Hsinchu and Taipei. Currently, there are almost about 100 Indian scientists alone at the Academia Sinica.


Yoga, Indian fashion and dance are popular among many the ethnic Indians living in the country. Ayurvedic spas are cropping up in big hotels and beauty salons nationwide and there are also many Indian restaurants across the country. Many Indian festivals such as Diwali and Holi are celebrated by the Indian community in Taiwan.[6][7]

Public Figures[edit]

Name Hometown Occupation Known As
Chongtham Jayanta Meetei[8] Manipur artist Artistic Director of EX-Theatre Asia
Dileep Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh chef Owner of Dileep's Organic Healthy Veg Restaurant
Mayur Srivastava New Delhi chef Owner of Mayur Indian Kitchen
Mirza Atif Ali Baig[9] Taiwan entertainer
Mohammed Abdul Azeez Hyderabad, Telangana chef, TV show guest Owner of Masala Art, Regular of WTO Sister show[10]
Ngangbam Shantikumar Meetei Imphal, Manipur athlete , professor
Nilam Rani TV show guest Regular of WTO Sister show[11]
Priya Lalwani Purswaney translator, interpreter PriyaLee Translation & Consulting Ltd.


Hare Krishna ISKCON Temple, Taipei[12]

Jain Temple Taipei

Vishva Hindu Parishad Taiwan

List of mosques in Taiwan


Mahindra Taiwan[13][14]

Indian restaurants[edit]

Restaurant in Kaohsiung Uncommon item in Kaohsiung Meals
Aahar Indian Food[15], menu[16] kulfi, poha veg, non-veg
Dennis Indian Restaurant[17], menu[18] dosa, Thali, pani puri veg, non-veg
Dileep's Organic Healthy Veg Restaurant[19], menu[20] curry hot pot, calzone veg, Jain-veg as per customised
Goon’s Bistro [21], menu[22] home catering service, tiffin service veg, non-veg
Himalaya Indian Kitchen[23], menu[24] dosa, Thali, paleo dahi vada, kulcha, paratha veg, non-veg, Halal
India Palace[25], menu [26] lachha paratha veg, non-veg
Lahore Restaurant[27], menu[28] veg, non-veg, Halal
Maharaja Indian Restaurant[29][30], menu[31] Goan curry, rumali roti, kingfisher beer, pickles, tamarind drink veg, non-veg
The Spice Shop Kaohsiung[32], menu[33] veg, non-veg

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Foreign Residents Statistics
  2. ^ a b c d e 外僑居留人數統計表, Republic of China: National Immigration Agency, April 2013, retrieved 2013-05-31
  3. ^ : COMMUNITY COMPASS: FEATURE: Indians see presence in Taiwan grow - page 1
  4. ^ : COMMUNITY COMPASS: FEATURE: Indians see presence in Taiwan grow - page 2
  5. ^ Taiwan-India: New Friends?
  6. ^ Indians in Taiwan: Diwali Festival of Lights
  7. ^ Indians in Taiwan: Kaleidoscope of merrymaking for Hindu festival
  8. ^ EX-Team Chongtham Jayanta Meetei
  10. ^ WTO Sister show
  11. ^ WTO Sister show
  12. ^ Hare Krishna ISKCON
  13. ^ Mahindra Taiwan
  14. ^ Mahindra Taiwan
  15. ^ Aahar official site
  16. ^ Aahar menu
  17. ^ Dennis official site
  18. ^ Dennis menu
  19. ^ Dileep's official site
  20. ^ Dileep's menu
  21. ^ Goon's official site
  22. ^ Goon's menu
  23. ^ Himalaya official site
  24. ^ Himalaya menu
  25. ^ palace official site
  26. ^ palace menu
  27. ^ Lahore official site
  28. ^ Lahore menu
  29. ^ Maharaja official site1
  30. ^ Maharaja official site2
  31. ^ Maharaja menu
  32. ^ Spice shop official site
  33. ^ Spice shop menu