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Golden Dragon Museum

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Golden Dragon Museum

581 Reviews
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Bendigo Vintage Talking Tram Tour
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5-11 Bridge St, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550 Australia
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Ascend The Great Stupa
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Ascend The Great Stupa

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Not normally open to the public, the higher levels of The Great Stupa represent the path to enlightenment and the way to Buddhahood. You’ll wear a hardhat for safety as you ascend The Great Stupa with your friendly tour guide, who will tell you all about the construction of the building, the significance of different Buddhist items and the future plans for the site. This is an exclusive experience to see the amazing architecture of the stupa and the view from the higher levels. Receive a special gift of Tibetan incense handmade from the finest ingredients by Buddhist nuns at the Khacho Ghakyil Ling Nunnery in Kathmandu, Nepal. Afterwards, enjoy a veggie lunch using seasonal produce and a pot of herbal tea.
$28.83 per adult
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jess151190 wrote a review Jul 2020
Brisbane, Australia17 contributions4 helpful votes
Fabulous collection and worth a visit when in Bendigo, staff were very helpful and caring. We were there on a nice weather day and the garden area too was worth a visit
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Date of experience: July 2020
Paula H3796 wrote a review Apr 2020
14 contributions3 helpful votes
It's been a while since my last visit but I have rung them on the phone since, and staff are very knowledgeable and its good to get a view of Chinese immigrants from an Australian perspective. My great grandfather came to Australia in the gold rush about 1954, so this is one of a few places where I can learn about his experiences.
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Date of experience: May 2019
Jon M wrote a review Mar 2020
1,218 contributions77 helpful votes
This museum is well worth a visit, since it has many beautiful items on display, including the two dragons and information about them. However, it is a bit chaotic and difficult to see the bigger picture of Chinese settlement in Bendigo.
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Date of experience: April 2019
King404 wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
I've been to Golden Dragon a few times over the years; it must be one of my favourite sites in country Victoria. Just a beautiful glimpse into early Chinese Australian history and the continuing presence of Chinese Australian families in the goldfields region. I find the collection really charming - every time you'll spot some new things even though it's not a huge museum.
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Date of experience: July 2019
David D wrote a review Mar 2020
Perth, United Kingdom141 contributions42 helpful votes
Our friends who we stayed with on our visit from Scotland took us here and as we approached the entrance I didnt think I would be impressed but once inside we could have spent several hours looking at the wide and fascinating exhibits on display which you can get very close to, such as the huge carnival dragons with their intricate and clever construction. There is so much to see here I was amazed at how much knowledge could be gained about chinese culture and the history of their introduction and early activities on the continent, some of it harrowing. The gardens are described as "the largest chinese garden of its size" either an oxymoron or a bit of Confucious! Whatever they were delightful and a lot of work must go into their maintenance. Once back out side we inadvertently entered the nearby park which had a broken tape and a discarded sign which said it was closed due to hygene issues from the masses of fruit bats/flying foxes hanging in the branches of the nearby trees. Maybe that's where I picked up a nasty chest infection which I have still not thrown completely off after several weeks..no not the C virus. I love the look of these creatures but in large numbers the smell is powerful. Best spend longer in this lovely garden and give the bats a wide berth.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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