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Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site is one of Oregon’s cultural treasures. Ing “Doc” Hay, a specialist in herbal medicines, and businessman Lung On were Chinese immigrants who operated the Kam Wah Chung & Co. as a general store, apothecary and religious and cultural center for the area’s Chinese population beginning in the late 1880s. Doc Hay and Lung On earned their community’s respect as two of its most prominent citizens.
Today, the National Historic Landmark is home to 30,000-plus artifacts on display in the museum and interpretive center.
The Kam Wah Chung and Co. Museum and Interpretive Center is open daily through Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum guided tours start at the top of each hour and last about 45 minutes. Final tour starts at 4 p.m. each day. Call (541) 575-2800 or (800) 551-6949 for more information.
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Kam Wah Chung seminars – June 8, 15, 22, & 29, in Portland.