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Bendigo Joss House Temple

Address: Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia
Phone Number: 03 5443 8255
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Ranked #10 of 18 Attractions in Bendigo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: At the Bendigo Joss House Temple you will be fascinated by Chinese culture and discover more about...
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Type: Religious Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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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sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We had the place to ourselves- not many people got off the tram to see this place which I thought was a shame as it is unique and charming. Still used as a place of worship, a guide explained the meaning and significance of the items, furniture and art on display. I learned a lot!

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We came out on the talking tram and only planned to spend half an hour. The place is small, and the entry cost is probably a little high, but it's still worth visiting. We came during a quiet period, as no one else was there, so the gentleman at the desk gave us a tour of the entire place, describing... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The history of this old temple is very interesting. Although it is not very big, it is worth a visit. It was interesting speaking with the man who was working there. He was very informative.

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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Very old museum there were many like this temple but they were destroyed and this is the only one that has survived. It was going to be destroyed but bad weather stopped them destroying it. Very old and ancient. Lions at the front with balls in there mouths if you roll the ball inside it is meant to give you... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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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
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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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