This place is open once in a blue moon, but it's totally worth it! Just sitting inside and absorbing all the history and meaning behind this place is thoroughly wonderful.
If you are walking around Mendocino, the Taoist temple is a worthwhile brief stop. There is a great deal of easily overlooked Chinese history intermingled with the development of Mendocino and this is a bit of what remains. We were on a guided walking tour of Mendocino, so were taken there, but would otherwise have missed it. It is closed... More
Maybe it's because I am half Chinese but this Temple makes me happy. I read that it was built for $12, that makes it 7.5 cents a year or something like that. Well, anyway, it is still in operation and only open on weekends. And it sort of looks like brand new.
The fresh, bright red paint on this small, unassuming green-trimmed house attracted me immediately. It would be easy to just walk by unless you look carefully at the bronze plaque in the sidewalk and the Chinese lettering over the recessed doorway. It was locked the day I visited but peering in the window I could see a beautiful, fully functioning... More
It is open intermittently but worth the visit. There were many Chinese workers in the early logging days and they built this temple which is maintained by relatives of the original settlers.
Approaching Mendocino from the South, a fleck of Chinese red stands out against the Victorian landscape. A westward stroll along Albion Street brings one to the source, the brilliantly painted red and green Taoist Temple of Kwan Tai. Preserved by the descendants of early Chinese immigrants, the historic Temple provides some of the last surviving evidence of a Chinese community... More
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