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Bendigo Joss House Temple

Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia
03 5443 8255
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Ranked #10 of 13 Attractions in Bendigo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: At the Bendigo Joss House Temple you will be fascinated by Chinese culture and discover more about the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold in the late 1800s. The Bendigo Joss House Temple - a National Trust listed site - is a Chinese place of worship which was constructed in the late 1860s. It is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia and offers a truly unique and authentic experience thanks to the dedicated volunteer guides who offer tours of the site on a daily basis.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is part of the chinese museum and a nice small place to visit. Excellent for taking pictures. The place itself isnt very big but has some nice preservation from the older days.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a short walk from downtown. Well worth visiting to see and hear about the proud heritage of Australian Chinese.

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Victoria, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We were pleasantly surprised by the amount of information the guide had to offer not only about the religious use of the joss house but also about the chinese community of Bendigo .easy to spend an hour looking and listening surrounded by incense smoke

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Phnom Penh
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Yes it's a bit out of town but is worth a visit. The Bendigo Talking Tram service will get you there and back or you could drive there. A delightful little place with lots of information about the history of the Chinese community in Bendigo. The volunteer staff are well informed and very welcoming. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to... More

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Traralgon, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I went here based on recommendations and it was not what I expected. It was quite informative of the Chinese religious beliefs. I was there for an hour (on tram trip) but it only took about half an hour. I would recommend if you are going to visit to drive yourself there or otherwise you will spend as much time... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I hope I remember his name, but Darren (apologies if I got it wrong) was a fountain if great information. This old piece of history is an important part of the Australian culture and should not be missed. The fact that it is still a 'working' temple is also lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It is situated in a weird location, but that just shows how the world has evolved around it. Really interesting, Stan was a great guide and I learnt a lot about Chinese culture and the history of Bendigo. Definitely worth a stop, but won't take up too time.

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Yeppoon, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This venue is run by volunteers I suspect. Even though they themselves have a sound knowledge it is not imparted to the visitors in a manner that we can all gain knowledge of the history of this wonderful site. The hand outs are simple and easy to read but leave you wanting to know more. Perhaps a video for visitors... More

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Lakes Entrance, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Spent an hour being guided through this historic building by our tour guide, Pat, who was truly lovely and very informative. The statues and placement of items were well explained, the beauty of the colour and the sequined cloths were captivating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

A small, but well cared for temple. There was a modest entry fee. The very friendly guide explained about the purpose of the Joss House and its main features. We were then able to spend as much time there as we liked. Although it is very old, dating back to the Bendigo gold mining days, it was interesting to discover... More

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