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“Wonderous Little Sanctuary”
Review of Temple of Kwan Tai

Temple of Kwan Tai
Ranked #16 of 26 things to do in Mendocino
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Owner description: Built in 1854, this is believed to be rural California's oldest Taoist temple.
Reviewed 10 January 2013

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 Taoist Temple. Not Buddhist - a religion that came later than Taoism. People worship here but where were they? What is is like to pray here in this charming coastal tourist town? I left with more questions than answers - ah, perhaps that's the point of spirituality...

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Reviewed 21 December 2012

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.

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Reviewed 4 December 2011

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 that numbered around 500 at its 19the Century peak. The tiny building itself, is a meticulously restored original structure that houses a combination of original and more recently acquired religious articles. Since its restoration, the Temple has welcomed thousands of North Coast school children who participate in the annual Chinese New Years parade each February. Taoist, or no, it is worth a visit. Pause on the steps overlooking Mendocino Bay to share a moment with your own departed ancestors or light a Joss stick and let your troubles float away on the fragrant smoke.

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