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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 14 Attractions in Bendigo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Phnom Penh
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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Adelaide
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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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Australia
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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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We knew about the Joss House and planned to visit anyway. It is a short walk from the Talking Tram with an information plaque on the way. Our guide was friendly, answered all our questions, but let us have our time alone in the house. We found the place to be very quiet - I suppose spiritual in a way.... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

A quick visit to this temple was nice - guide was incredibly friendly and helpful... Wasn't much to see but was nice nonetheless

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This place is very nice and the guide give you a lot of information on its history. The place is very small. we went there when it was the Bendigo Talking Tram 40 years and they had the free ride.

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