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The Far North Sights

Weaverville Joss House

  • 630 Main St. Map It
  • Weaverville
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Updated 04/29/2014

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Weaverville's main attraction is the Joss House, a Taoist temple built in 1874 and called Won Lim Miao ("the temple of the forest beneath the clouds") by Chinese miners. The oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California, it attracts worshippers from around the world. With its golden altar, antique weaponry, and carved wooden canopies, the Joss House is a piece of California history that can best be appreciated on a guided 30-minute tour. The original temple building

and many of its furnishings—some of which came from China—were lost to fire in 1873, but members of the local Chinese community soon rebuilt it.

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630 Main St., at Oregon St., Weaverville, California, 96093, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Museum free; guided tour $4
  • Thurs., Sat.–Sun. 10–5; last tour at 4

Updated 04/29/2014


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