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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

125 NW Canton St, John Day, Oregon 97845 USA

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“if you haven't seen this place, you need to go”

Important Note: The 2016 season begins May 1, 2016. If you haven’t seen this place, you need to go.  Originally a Chinese medical clinic, general store, community center and residence, Kam Wah Chung gives you an incomparable glimpse into the past. This remarkable site, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the town of John Day, and includes a museum and a separate interpretive center. The museum was built in the 1870s, possibly as a trading post.  This tiny, unassuming building became home to two Chinese immigrants, Ing “Doc” Hay and Lung On.  Both became locally famous:  Lung On as a general store proprietor and businessman, and “Doc” Hay as a practitioner of herbal medicine.  For 50-some years, the building was a social, medical and religious center for the Oregon’s Chinese community. Learn more about Kam Wah Chung by watching an Emmy nominated documentary produced by Oregon Public broadcasting. An ADA-accessible interpretive center across the street from the museum is open daily.  In 2011, the center opened a new exhibit, detailing the life and times of Doc Hay and Lung On.

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bgalbreath

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August 25, 2014
Rated 5.0

Great museum and tour. Tickets are free and they have tours every hour. Fascinating story.

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August 14, 2015

If you haven’t seen this place, you need to go. Originally a Chinese medical clinic, general store, community center and residence, Kam Wah Chung gives you an incomparable glimpse into the past. This remarkable site, a National Historic Landmark, is located in the town of John Day, and includes a museum and a separate interpretive center.

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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

125 NW Canton St
John Day, Oregon
97845 USA

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