Temple of Kwan Tai, Mendocino

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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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  • This was a very cute house to stop and photograph. We spent a few minutes here, took a few photos and then was on our way. It's near the town center so worth a stop! 
    This was a very cute house to stop and photograph. We spent a few minutes here, took a few photos and then was on our way. It's near the town center so worth a stop!  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • Nice to learn about the history of this town. The members are very welcoming and happy to share their knowledge
  • Nice to learn about this historic temple from the granddaughter of the founder.

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