The Far North Sights

Weaverville Joss House

  • 630 Main St. Map It
  • Weaverville
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

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.

Sight Information


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

Map It



Sight Details:

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

Published 11/12/2015


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Restaurants
  • Sights
  • Hotels

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss

No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE email communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.