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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
Description: 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 oldest continuous Joss House in the world outside of China.

It was amazing to visit the only remaining Joss House Temple in Bendigo; built during the 1860s from locally made Chinese bricks. A guide was on site and gave a personalised tour... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Vicki E
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Brisbane, Australia
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Warburton, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Apologies for saying "Forget the Golden Dragon Museum"....I nominated the wrong place. But this Joss House Temple is not a temple and it is exactly what I wrote for the Golden Dragon Museum a couple of days ago....This is a 'warehouse' for ancestral worship alters and never meant to be a 'home' or a 'temple' The proportions and dimensions r... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It was amazing to visit the only remaining Joss House Temple in Bendigo; built during the 1860s from locally made Chinese bricks. A guide was on site and gave a personalised tour of the three buildings - the caretaker's residence, the main alter with entrance chamber and the ancestral room. The temple and ancestral room are still used today for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Small but still amazing, the details they put into their statues and cloths are delicate and just lovely. The smell of incense was very relaxing and pretty, we didn't get a tour like a lot of people have reviewed but the gentlemen was very informative. I loved it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

the history there is fantastic and the guy who took us around and told us about it was fantastic enjoyed it a lot

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Visited the Joss House at the northern terminus of the tramway. I though the hour and 10 minutes between departures would more time than needed but the Warden was so informative, not only about the Joss House but about all aspects of Chinese Life and culture, I learned more in that hour than I had in all my previous to... More 

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Vittorio Veneto, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

At the last stop of the vintage tram in Bendigo, this piace brings you in the past. For me, a italian, a piace I have never seen before and not to forgive.

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Swan Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Once again Bendigo knows how to show case not only its history but the history of thr event and the feature. China and Chinese veing second nature for the Bendigonians is shared and an education that is not gained anywhere else. It is a must experience for all school children studying Australian and more specifically Victorian and Bendigo History.

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sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

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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