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Bendigo Joss House Temple

Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia
03 5443 8255
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Ranked #10 of 14 attractions in Bendigo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Lakes Entrance, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Spent an hour being guided through this historic building by our tour guide, Pat, who was truly lovely and very informative. The statues and placement of items were well explained, the beauty of the colour and the sequined cloths were captivating.

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

A small, but well cared for temple. There was a modest entry fee. The very friendly guide explained about the purpose of the Joss House and its main features. We were then able to spend as much time there as we liked. Although it is very old, dating back to the Bendigo gold mining days, it was interesting to discover... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

We knew about the Joss House and planned to visit anyway. It is a short walk from the Talking Tram with an information plaque on the way. Our guide was friendly, answered all our questions, but let us have our time alone in the house. We found the place to be very quiet - I suppose spiritual in a way.... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

A quick visit to this temple was nice - guide was incredibly friendly and helpful... Wasn't much to see but was nice nonetheless

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

This place is very nice and the guide give you a lot of information on its history. The place is very small. we went there when it was the Bendigo Talking Tram 40 years and they had the free ride.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This was promoted by Talking Tram staff so we decided to have a look although it wasn't on our "things to do" list. We took the short walk from the tram stop and what a surprise! Entering the building felt like a step back in time and into a different world. Prior to this visit we had no idea what... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We only went here because it was the end of the tram line, but what a pleasant surprise. We hadn't realised what a joss house was or why it was there, and we found it most interesting, and the guide was excellent

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

Very knowledgeable guide who knew all about the history both of the Joss House and more generally about the Chinese in Bendigo, including the recent rivalry between the Bendigo Chinese Museum's Sun Loong dragon and the Millenium dragon which lives in the basement at Little Bourke St Melbourne

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We decided to go and have a look at the joss house when on the tram tour of Bendigo. We knew very little about the culture or tradition and found it very interesting indeed. The guide was very informative and we learned a lot. The history is also very interesting. You can just drive out and have a look or... More

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Nunawading, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Visited about 10 years ago and was fascinated with the basic symbolism for people far from home and families. Heard that renovating has progressed steadily since my visit, which I will check out in 2014.

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