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Bendigo Joss House Temple

Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia
+61 3 5443 8255
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Interesting place

Even though this is a very small temple, the fact that it is an operating temple provided lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
jd7772016
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Canberra, Australia
Bit um?

Certainly a part of the Bendigo history but not something that would have me go back again. On the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Steve Y
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Callala Bay, Australia
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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.
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“talking tram” (18 reviews)
“chinese place” (4 reviews)
“original site” (2 reviews)
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Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria 3550, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though this is a very small temple, the fact that it is an operating temple provided lots of interest. The person minding the temple was an absolute mine of information about both the history of the temple and the city of Bendigo. His presence...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Certainly a part of the Bendigo history but not something that would have me go back again. On the tram route so you can casually drop in, for a cost.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bit under rated. Got the theme of the exhibit and understand the reasons but very underwhelmed. Good staff.

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

There are lots of artefacts to view in the Joss House which is an operating temple but all is open to all religions to see and wonder about.

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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

$6 per adult entry for a tiny 2 room temple. If worshipping it is free. Authentic temple but for the price it is not worth it. The carpark is bigger than the temple. Walk into the entry which is a nice garden space. Through to...More

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Reviewed January 21, 2018

We had visited on previous occasions, but with some Sydney friends in tow, we made another visit. As with many of the other tourist attractions in Bendigo, the Joss House has a number of knowledgeable volunteers who proudly want to make visitors aware of the...More

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Reviewed January 15, 2018

Very different to any church and so interesting, it's small and very red! The tram ride out to it was also part of the outing - the talking tram is excellent.

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Reviewed January 14, 2018

Went to the Joss House Temple on the tram which was great fun. It's not a large area to cover but the volunteers explained a lot of the history and traditions which made the trip worthwhile. If you just wandered around without guidance you probably...More

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Jumped a tram and got a look at Bendigo with a talking tour as we rode. The drop off at the Joss House required a short walk from the tram stop and the Joss House had a very well informed guide from the moment you...More

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BendigoHeritage, Manager at Bendigo Joss House Temple, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

Thank you for your kind review, and for taking the time to visit the Bendigo Joss House Temple. We're glad you enjoyed your experience. We agree, the best way to arrive at the Joss House is via Vintage Talking Tram.

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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

We initially visited Joss House as it was at the end of the Bendigo Tramways line. We did though find it fascinating to learn about the significance of Bendigo’s Chinese heritage and their beliefs.

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BendigoHeritage, General Manager at Bendigo Joss House Temple, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2018

Thank you for your kind review, we're thrilled we were able to share Bendigo's Chinese heritage with you.

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