Temple of Kwan Tai

Temple of Kwan Tai

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’ descendants 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.

Children visiting can take part in completing a Scavenger Hunt worksheet to learn about the Chinese heritage in the area. Upon completion, a reward for participating will be given.

Hours: May – October, Saturday 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Special tours can be made in advance by appointment.


  • Family Friendly: Yes