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Bendigo Joss House Temple

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Address: Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 5443 8255
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of...

At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship which was constructed in the 1860s, you will discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold.


During your visit the dedicated guides at the temple will regale you with fascinating stories about the lives of Chinese migrants on the Bendigo goldfields back in the mid-1800s and explain some of the intriguing beliefs and rituals that were practiced at the temple during this time.

Constructed using locally handmade bricks and painted red - symbolising happiness, strength and vitality - the Bendigo Joss House Temple is considered a significant and unique part of Bendigo's cultural history.

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little place

very moving place for pray staff very knowledgeable but worth the time to see calming a little out of way but worth it

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

very moving place for pray staff very knowledgeable but worth the time to see calming a little out of way but worth it

Thank nana19582015
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am glad that I went to the Bendigo Joss House Temple. The guide was very friendly and helpful. I was amazed when I was told the cooking place at the entrance was to be used by Chinese people who didn't have a place to cook. More than 100 hundred years ago, Chinese people could live in such a harsh... More 

Thank 470ych
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are only a couple of rooms to see here but they contain a great deal of history. Once you enter the guide will tell you the full history of the place and he was quite engaging. I like going to these places when the guide is interested in what they do. He was quite enthusiastic, which we appreciated. Not... More 

1 Thank TonyB_au
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Joss house is a historic Buddhist Temple and it shows you how they worship their religion in the Mining era in the 1800's its a must.

Thank Lyrebirdgully B
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

We very nearly didnt go into the Joss house, I'm really glad we did. We took the Talking Tram to the end teminus, then walked across to the Joss House; the guide had a set patter, but it was a good one, plus he was enthusiastic and friendly, which made all the difference. unfortunately we had to rush it a... More 

Thank FamilyTraveller1012
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Very knowledgeable man as you enter, he was friendly and was able to answer all the questions we had. There were 8 of us in our group, so we had a few questions. It is wonderful that it is still a practising temple.

Thank jackn2011
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

A very impressive place to visit , finding out the history of how the Chinese people lived in early Austraia.

Thank Sylvia M
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Historically this is worth a visit but the cost of entry while only $6 for an Adult is a bit steep for only 2 rooms regardless.

Thank Brent M
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Here we can discover the extraordinary world of Chinese culture. Following the discovery of alluvial gold along the Bendigo creek in 1851, many people came from all parts of the world to seek their fortune. By 1855, it was estimated that there were approximately 5000 Chinese in and around the Bendigo area. The Bendigo Joss Temple is a Chinese place... More 

Thank siva1945
Mount Barker, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

One of the few Joss Houses left in Australia. Didn't take long to look around. It's near a stop for the Talking Tram so if you didn't buy a ticket which included the Joss House, make sure you show it when buying a ticket at the attraction as you'll get a discount. The gentleman working the entrance was very knowledgable... More 

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