Bok Kai Temple


Historic Marker #889
Tours Available by Appt.

In this “Palace of Many Saints”, Bok Eye, a Chinese god of water, is the central deity, and for no small purpose. The first Bok Kai temple was constructed in the early  1850’s by a significant Chinese population in a city with a flooding problem. To immigrants fleeing the troubled Canton province of China, Marysville was known as Sahm Fow, or the Third City, after San Francisco and Sacramento. California’s oldest running parade is the Bok Kai parade which happens in Marysville each spring. The first temple was destroyed and the new one was built in 1880. During times of high water, prayers are held to spare the City of Marysville. Interestingly, Marysville hasn’t flooded since 1875. Tours are available only by special arrangement.


Bok Kai Temple
330 1st St.
Marysville, CA 95901