Temple of Kwan Tai Interior. Copyright Tony Eppstein The Temple of Kwan Tai, Mendocino, CA
Temple of Kwan Tai Interior. Copyright Tony Eppstein

Dedicated to the Chinese god of war - a Taoist symbol of integrity and loyalty, the Temple of Kwan Tai offers living evidence of Mendocino's 19th Century Chinese community.

Four generations of its founders' descendents have preserved this original Taoist temple, a site now recognized as California Registered Historic Landmark No. 927.

The Temple of Kwan Tai was restored and rededicated in October 2001 through the efforts of the Hee Family, the Temple Trustees, Mendocino youth involved in the North Coast Rural Challenge Network, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the California Coastal Resources Agency. Its mission is to teach and celebrate community and diversity.

Temple Interior
Photo Copyright Jeff Kan Lee

Visitors may view Temple of Kwan Tai at 45160 Albion Street in the National Historic District of Mendocino. Tours are offered by appointment. Contact: Lorraine Hee-Chorley

A book that describes the temple is available. This book "Chinese in Mendocino County" by Lorraine Hee Chorley, was published by Arcadia Publishing in their 'Images of America' Series. Visit 'Current News' for information on how to order this book.

View a video of the temple


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