Temple of Kwan Tai, Mendocino

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Temple of Kwan Tai (Chinese: 武帝廟; pinyin: Wǔdì miào; Yale: Móuhdai Míu, also known as the Mendocino Joss House or Mo Dai Miu) is a Chinese Taoist temple in Mendocino, California, dedicated to Kwan Tai. It is California Historical Landmark #927.

The temple was constructed from local redwood in the mid-19th century and served what was once a large population of Chinese immigrants who worked in or supported the lumber industry in Mendocino, including survivors from a fleet of Chinese junks that sailed to California for the gold rush and landed instead on the Mendocino coast. The temple's ownership was passed down through Chinese families until, in 1995, a nonprofit organization was formed to restore and maintain the temple.

It continues to be used both as a house of worship and to educate visitors about the history of Chinese Americans. It is one of the oldest continuously used Chinese temples in California, the only remaining joss house on the northern California coast, and the only remaining building from the Chinese community in Mendocino.
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  • Open the beginning of May-end of October Saturday's 12-3 PM and Sunday's 11-2 PM. Tours are free but donations are welcomed as this is a CA Historical Landmark run by volunteers. Learn the story of....  more »
  • It was easy to find the Temple of Kwan Tai. We parked in front of the temple and explored. There are nine stairs to get to the door. The temple is painted in blue. There are a few plants near the....  more »
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  • The Temple of Kwan Tai has free docent tours starting May to end of October Saturday 12- 3 PM and Sunday 11-2 PM. This is a lovely place I enjoy visiting even if it's just to sit on the steps. Every Chinese New Year there is a children's parade going along downtown Mendocino to the Temple. Go and visit on the few standing Temples in the state of California as there are only 6 left. It's in quite a lovely spot.
  • A lovely temple with a unique history.

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