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Kong Chow Temple, San Francisco

Kong Chow Temple - San Francisco, California
Kong Chow Temple
855 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108Map
+1 415 788 1339
Neighborhood: Nob Hill

This old temple (founded 1857) housed in a new building (built in 1977) that also houses the Chinatown Post Office is located on the fourth floor. It is a large light-filled room with stark white walls and a pyramid-shaped ceiling with a skylight at its apex. The elaborate altar displays the deity Kuan Ti with attendant deities. The altar and other carved panels were moved from the original temple nearby and are beautifully gilded and carved in amazing detail. The view from the Kong Chow Temple's balcony, one of the nicest in Chinatown, includes the Transamerica Pyramid. A temple story has it that Harry Truman visited the temples old location just before the 1948 election and made an offering for good luck. It may have done the trick.

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Kong Chow Temple General Information
  • Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM
  • Type: Attractions & Landmarks, Religious
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