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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site

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Don H wrote a review Oct 2019
Kirkland, Washington920 contributions245 helpful votes
This Chinese heritage site is amazing and a must visit when in John Day. Totally undisturbed apothecary store for years, with herbal medicines and other things just like they were years ago. Take the guided tour.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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LRainbow wrote a review Oct 2019
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The entire experience was very pleasant. The displays in the visitors' interpretive center, where you begin, are extremely interesting, but the story of Doc Hay and Lung On's partnership in the new world they ventured to settle in is fascinating and heartwarming and the tour of the store brings it home so well, with a good docent leading it. A great piece of history -- in the "far east" of Oregon!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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AnnElizabeth97123 wrote a review Aug 2019
Portland, Oregon861 contributions169 helpful votes
Learn about a part of Oregon history you don’t hear much about. Who knew at one time little John Day Oregon and the 3rd largest Chinatown in the USA? There are two buildings across the street from each other so be sure to go to both. Take the hourly tour to learn more. Be aware they are closed noon to 1pm.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Heather A wrote a review Aug 2019
British Columbia, Canada194 contributions65 helpful votes
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There is a small, high quality visitor centre that tells the story of this apothecary (drug store) & general store that was run by two Chinese friends during the gold rush of the late 1800's. The store was in use until about 1945 and has been preserved intact since the day it closed. If you are planning a trip to or through the town of John Day, be sure to stop in! Make sure you allow enough time for a tour of the store (about 45 min to 1 hr). You aren't allowed in the store itself without a tour guide. Arrive early in the day if you can because late afternoon tours fill up.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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DiverKel wrote a review Aug 2019
Seattle43 contributions31 helpful votes
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If you are anywhere near John Day, you should take the time to visit this piece of history. The visitors center has a small, but informative display and 2 films (5 minutes and 30 minutes). The tour takes place in an amazingly well preserved shop/home/boarding house that looks like it did the day the doctor left in 1948. The 2 men who came from China and stayed during a time when the Chinese were treated so badly, became well respected members of the community. It's a fascinating story, made all the more interesting when you experience their home and business. The staff and guides were obviously passionate about sharing this story, which only added to the experience.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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