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Address: 45160 Albion St, Mendocino, CA 95460
Phone Number: +1 707-937-5123
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Built in 1854, this is believed to be rural California's oldest Taoist...

Built in 1854, this is believed to be rural California's oldest Taoist temple.

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We went on a tour of Mendocino. One of the stops was Temple of Kwan Tai. There are a few steep steps to get to this temple. It is small. There was a docent there who gave an... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 June 2015
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Yuba City, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Walking by the temple and was attracted by an individual sitting by the front door, so we climbed the 9 steps to the temple door and was filled with the history of this 100+ year old sanctuary.

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Sacramento, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited this temple and we were so lucky to have as the docent the great granddaughter of one of the Chinese immigrants that came to Mendocino during the goldrush. She painted a vivid picture for us of the trials endured by these people coming from China on junque ships only two out of seven of which... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015

We went on a tour of Mendocino. One of the stops was Temple of Kwan Tai. There are a few steep steps to get to this temple. It is small. There was a docent there who gave an informational talk. We were told that the temple is still active. The artifacts were lovely and very colorful.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015 via mobile

We took the Mendocino Village walking tour (Kelley House Museum), and this was one of the stops. Very educational. Glad to have had the opportunity.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

From the outside, the temple looks larger than it really is. I was ready to enter into one open room with the alter at the end hence the word "temple", but to my surprise it was only the alter itself. Well-maintained, though, with fresh fruits for those who have passed on, it is worth a peek if you have never... More 

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Skiatook, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We saw the Temple during the walking tour (purchased at Kelley House.) It wasn't open, but the walking tour gave a great overview and the windows allowed us to see inside.

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Sunnyvale, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Not sure what rating to put as we didn't get a chance to go inside. We were there on both Sat and Sunday but the temple was closed. Looks like it only opened on the weekend for a very limited time. We were there around 2pm on Saturday but it was closed although the hour is 12pm -3pm. We thought... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

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.

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Napa, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

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 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2013

This tiny temple in the middle of Mendocino is worth a visit. We could not get in as it was closed but you could see the interior through the windows.thrhtind

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