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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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The Bendigo Joss House. I can honestly say I have never seen another place like it. Its a brightly decorated in chinese temple in red throughout. It has 2 main rooms which are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Wauchope, Australia
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Wauchope, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Bendigo Joss House. I can honestly say I have never seen another place like it. Its a brightly decorated in chinese temple in red throughout. It has 2 main rooms which are set up as worship stations, to some chinese gods. People can go in and light thier own incence sticks and light candles in this activley used temple... More 

Thank ToniBee
Bendigo, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Joss House temple has an interesting historical collection. The experience is enhanced if you have a guided tour. Brilliant coloured altars and religious artefacts tell an amazing story of the Chinese miners and their families who worshipped at the temple. The temple is still in use today. The Bendigo vintage trams can take you too the temple and back... More 

Thank Pamela M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The buildings give you a chance to understand gold rush history as it relates to the chinese people. The temple is somewhere were you can reflect and ponder life. The guide was fantastic. I would highly recommend you visit the joss house.

Thank Tracey L
Wentworth Falls, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Chinese temple of worship construction 1860's. Still used today by local, national and international worshippers. Colourful themed alters.

Thank Eucalong
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

Interesting piece of cultural history. Very knowledgable guide who were more than happy to share the history. A must do when visiting Bendigo.

Thank aussie_flyer87
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

The Bendigo Joss House Temple is only small but is a good example of Chinese and religious cultural practice on the historic gold fields. It is one of only three Joss Houses surviving in Victoria,the other two are in Melbourne. There were several Joss Houses in Bendigo however,only one remains. Ballarat's Sovereign Hill has one though this is a recreation... More 

Thank Peter S
Semaphore, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The last time I visited the Joss house in Bendigo was about 18 years ago so I was keen to show it to a friend who had never been there. We were not disappointed! This is a must for anyone visiting Bendigo.

Thank grahamw309
Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

I didnt expect too see to much here but it did turn out to be very interesting mainly due to the knowledge of the man at the front desks knowledge of Bendigo. This is a good place to visit if your doing the tram ride tour.

Thank John Anthony S
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Corrected my interpretation of what a Joss House actually is! Guide was very enthusiastic and informative. Insightful of a religion not widely encountered or understood in our society. Easily accessible from Talking Tram with guided tour easily completed within departure of one or two trams.

Thank Jeff P
Brisbane Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

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

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