Bendigo Joss House Temple

Bendigo Joss House Temple

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Bendigo Joss House Temple

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At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship which was opened in 1871, you will discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold. 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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Traveller
Melbourne, Australia11,607 contributions
My wife and I visited this Temple during our recent holiday in Bendigo. We donated $5 (which is the suggested amount mentioned by the Receptionist) upon entry.

We read about the history of this Temple from the information presented on various boards hanging on the walls in the reception area.

This Temple is believed to have been built on this site in 1856. It has a long history as a place for prayers for the chinese community in Bendigo.

It is only a small Temple and it does not take long to go through the few rooms.
Written April 16, 2022
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Ione B
Melbourne, Australia24 contributions
Greeted firstly by a pondful of hungry fish, with a bowl of food on the edge to keep them happy. Once inside we were greeted by a very knowledgable and friendly volunteer who was able to give the history of the Joss House. Self guided tour with information sheet. Great that this Joss House was able to be kept for all to see.
Written January 31, 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to visit and share your kind review, we really appreciate it!
Written March 1, 2021
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Karen H
Melbourne, Australia196 contributions
Perfect autumn day I visited so the small garden and res building against the blue, blue sky were striking. A couple of rooms to look at, lots of colour and textures and the smell of the burning incense. It has just reopened after some decorating, not sure what was done but everything looked fresh and clean. I took the talking tram there and once I had finished at the Joss House I walked the creek trail to Lake Weeroona and made my way to Tram stop 4 to head back to the CBD.
Written May 24, 2021
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Trippersnapper
133 contributions
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If this place is of religious significance to you, then by all means, go ahead. If it's not, then read the reviews ahead of time and decide if this is something you'd like. Mentioning this because I didn't read the reviews and ended up being disappointed.

Very small area with different places to worship. Was personally not very interesting, even with the writeups.

Two stars for 01) this place is 150 years old (and the ticket goes to the upkeep) and 02) the lovely Manager who was friendly and informative.

Go to the Golden Dragon Museum instead, it has the history of the Chinese settlement in Bendigo as well as....Dragons!
Written January 24, 2021
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Thanks for sharing your review. We appreciate your feedback and are disappointed to see that your experience didn't meet expectations. Perhaps a future visit to our Lantern Festival might be of interest, with fantastic performances by the Bendigo Chinese Association's Lion Teams and Plum Blossom Dancers.
Written March 1, 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,979 contributions
Chinese gold miners began arriving in Bendigo in the 1850s, during the Great Australian Goldrush. The Joss House was built in 1871, it functioned as a house of worship and community center. The main temple is dedicated to Guan-Di, who is the god of war and business. He is also regarded as a wise judge and peacemaker. The Joss House is extremely rare, it is built in traditional Chinese style, of local materials. Red is the favored color in China, it is considered to be auspicious.
Written January 15, 2021
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Thanks for sharing your comprehensive review, hope to see you again soon.
Written March 1, 2021
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ExploringLife
Moama, Australia1,520 contributions
Couples
I always enjoy understanding local history. This place represents mid to late 19th century Chinese history in Bendigo from a religious sense. Not a large museum but worthwhile visiting.
Written December 3, 2021
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Thanks for taking the time to visit, we're glad to see that you enjoyed your experience.
Written January 4, 2022
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,643 contributions
Friends
From a few years after gold was discovered in 1851 to the present day, the Chinese community has been part of the proud history of Bendigo. Here at the Bendigo Joss House Temple you will learn about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold.
The Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship, was constructed in the 1870s. Originally part of the Ironbark Chinese Camp, it is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia.
The main temple is dedicated to Guan-Di (Kwan Gong), the god of war and prosperity. The Chinese saw him as a wise judge, guide, protector and provider of wealth and prosperity; attributes sought by the Chinese inhabitants of this strange land.
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.
The Bendigo Joss House Temple was restored by the National Trust of Australia between 1959-1972, with additional work undertaken by the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Heritage Attractions in 2007.
Dedicated volunteer guides look after the temple and offer great insight into Chinese culture and the story of the Chinese on the Bendigo goldfield. T
The Bendigo Joss House Temple opens at 11:00am and closes at 3:00pm.
Wheelchair friendly. Kid friendly. Good toilets.
Written March 23, 2017
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Thank you for taking the time to visit the Bendigo Joss House Temple. Your review is greatly appreciated.
Written January 10, 2018
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Cabibti
Khlong Luang, Thailand333 contributions
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A short walk less than 5 minutes from the end of the tram is Joss House. A beautiful temple that has history and is still currently in operation.
Written January 22, 2020
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Thank you for the wonderful review Cabibi, it's great to see that you enjoyed your visit.
Written February 13, 2020
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Richard B
Bendigo, Australia82 contributions
Couples
This could have been a wonderful attraction, but the place is so poorly maintained and the staff all look bored and uninterested.
Written August 11, 2018
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Quite surprised to see your review. If you provide more details on the day you visited I will investigate. Just so you are aware - we have recently upgraded a range of features of the Joss House, including conservation repairs that are part of the heritage management of this 149 year old building.
Written January 20, 2019
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Christine651
Melbourne, Australia109 contributions
Very interesting but can be viewed in a short time so be aware of this if travelling there by the on-off tram which only comes by every 30 minutes or so
Written March 9, 2021
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Thank you, your feedback is greatly appreciated! We're pleased to see you found the experience to be interesting. If you have time while waiting for a Vintage Talking Tram to arrive, we recommend also including a visit to PepperGreen Farm which is located opposite the tram stop.
Written January 4, 2022
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Bendigo Joss House Temple is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM