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Joss House State Historical Park

Attractions, Event or Festival, History

In the heart of the historic Weaverville the Joss House State Historic Park is a vivid reminder of the Chinese contribution to this part of California. Above the front door of the temple, Chinese characters in luminous gold translate to read, “The Temple of the Forest Beneath the Clouds.” Be you dragon, boar or horse all will enjoy learning within the museum.

It draws over 20,000 visitors a year from all over the world.

View the front of the temple with bright colors and ornate architecture while standing on the sidewalk of Odds Fellow Ave.


  • Universally Accessible
  • Family-Friendly
  • Pet-Friendly

The mission of this California State Park is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

The temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned.

In an effort to preserve this important part of California's Chinese tradition, the temple became a part of the California State Park System in 1956. Learn about local trustee, Moon Lim Lee, whose trieless efforts helped to preserve this site and its history as a statewide treasure. Many of the historical objects have been restored and the structure itself stabilized. In addition to the temple equipment, park visitors will see Chinese art objects, pictures, mining tools, and wrought iron weapons used in the 1854 Tong War.


Thursday - Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Temple tours:
Tours leave Museum building on the hour from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

For park information:
(530) 623-5284


*Annual State Park passes apply


Guided tours
Public Restrooms
Service dogs are permitted
Pet-friednly in parking lot (must be on a six-foot maximum leash while on the grounds)
Drinking Water Available

California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park at (530) 623-5284. If you need this publication in an alternate format, contact

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