Bok Kai Temple

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Bok Kai Temple
Full view of the Bok Kai Temple
Bok Kai Temple is located in California
Bok Kai Temple
Location Marysville, California
Coordinates 39°8′5.98″N 121°35′13.03″W / 39.1349944°N 121.5869528°W / 39.1349944; -121.5869528Coordinates: 39°8′5.98″N 121°35′13.03″W / 39.1349944°N 121.5869528°W / 39.1349944; -121.5869528
Built 1880
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 75000498[1]
CHISL # 889
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 21, 1975
Designated CHISL 1975[2]

The Bok Kai Temple (北溪廟) is a traditional Chinese temple in the city of Marysville, California, located at the corner of D and First Streets, and served as the center of what was a bustling Chinatown for a small town.


In 1854, five years after the first contingent of Chinese arrived in California to work the gold mines during the California Gold Rush, a temple was erected in Marysville to serve the immigrant population. The foremost of the gods that were worshiped was Bok Kai, the god of water, who had the power to control the rains.

The original temple was destroyed by fire, and was replaced in 1880. The temple remains a primary focus of the present Marysville Chinese community, who have dedicated themselves to preserving the temple.[citation needed] The Bok Kai Temple is the only one honoring the god Bok Kai in the United States.

Current use[edit]

The temple is infrequently used as an active place of worship, but is preserved as both a California Historical Landmark and as a protected property on the National Register of Historic Places. A Bok Kai festival and parade is held annually in the spring, during which time the temple is opened for ceremonies as well as for interested parties to tour. Other tours may be arranged by contacting the Temple caretaker.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Bok Kai Temple". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 

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