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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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A little gem in Bendigo

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
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Mount Barker, Australia
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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.

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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 

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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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Helpful and friendly staff. Interesting building and interesting to hear about the history and its link to Bendigo. Modest admission charge. Well done.

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Penrith, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This Chinese temple is a wonderful example of their place of worship. We were lucky enough to get a guided tour from Stan who filled us in on the history of the Chinese in the Bendigo goldfields and he also pointed out the cultural significance of most of the items in the temple. Well worth a visit.

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Tongala, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I first visited this place 35+ years ago as a child, loved it then & I still feel the same now. It's a deeply profound place to visit, a still in working place to worship, to connect with Spiritual Ancestors, Quan Yin, Gods & Goddesses of Chinese Dynasty. The Joss House has roots in Bendigo for very significant reasons, gold... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We went with our grandson. He enjoyed this quite different experience as part of our history tour of the goldfields.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Interesting and peaceful place to visit. We enjoyed sitting in the garden for some quiet time to reflect on our visit.

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Warburton, Australia
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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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