Oroville Chinese Temple
Built in 1863, the Oroville Chinese Temple is one of the three remaining temples left in California and is perhaps the best example of Chinese culture in the state during the Gold Rush period. It is now a museum but it still serves as a place of worship for those of the Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian faiths. The temple was the Chinese community's social, religious and business center, serving the Chinese 10,000 living in Oroville at the time. The temple and museum features the Main Temple and several other rooms that display various artifacts including tapestries, furniture and clothing. There is also a courtyard and a reconstructed worker's hut. The temple is listed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks and is a California Historical Landmark.
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