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Ancient Chinese Medicine

Chinese practices may be all the rage in modern medicine, but in Oregon they’ve been in vogue for centuries. There is proof. The Kam Wah Chung Museum near John Day in Eastern Oregon is a must-see for anyone with an interest in history. Built as a trading post, the building evolved over the years to become the social, medical and religious center for the Chinese community.
Businessman Lung On and herbal doctor Ing Hay worked out of the building with Dr. Hay administering care to the Chinese gold-mine workers, pioneers and others from the John Day area and beyond using traditional remedies. A few years back, the building was rediscovered, and although boarded up and abandoned, it laid nearly intact, a relic from the mid 1800s.
Now open to the public, the museum showcases a vast collection of artifacts, including ancient Chinese herbs and medicines, business and financial records, and pioneer supplies.

The Museum is Off US 26, in John Day, OR

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department owns and operates Kam Wah Chung as a State Heritage Site and park. The Kam Wah Chung & Co. building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark designation.

The outside the Kam Wah Chung museum, OR
The outside the Kam Wah Chung museum, OR



GPS Coordinates

1 -- John Day, Oregon
Decimal Lat: 44.41616 / Lon: -118.947799


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