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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
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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This was of great interest to me, my 3Great Grand-father having been employed by the Protector of Chinese at both the Bendigo and Ballarrat Goldfields. Although a practising... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 1, 2016
Seymour, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a gem of a place to visit. Very unexpected, but definitely worthwhile. Tour guide was very friendly and full of information. Loved it!!!

Thank Jacqui G
Seymour, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

This was of great interest to me, my 3Great Grand-father having been employed by the Protector of Chinese at both the Bendigo and Ballarrat Goldfields. Although a practising Christian I could see and appreciate the importance of this temple to the Chinese. Well worth seeing.

Thank dgs1949
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Beautiful chinese gardens. If you visit the museum don't miss out on visiting the temple. A very quite relaxing place in a busy city

Thank Hdbaw
Leek, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Was taken there by friends who live local......I enjoyed the visit very much and the guy running the establishment gives a great explanation and a though history of the Chinese experience in Bendigo....well worth the time to stop and talk to him whilst there...certainly made my visit enlightening and very entertaining indeed.

Thank Rex R
Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

A lovely example of a Chinese Joss house which were common to the goldfields of Australia for the Chinese miners. The attendant was very dedicated and informative about the house and surroundings. It was open free of charge for religious observance and only a small charge to others. it is easy to get to on the Vintage talking tram or... More 

Thank LindyP1808
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016

This is not grand but the guide gives a very interesting talk admission fee is reasonable and worth the visit especially when included as part of the tram trip

Thank Freedom3187
Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

It was good to see something of past history that has been retained and opened to the public as a place to visit. While not a big area the artifacts on display show the history of the area. The guide at the entry was very well informed and willing to pass on his knowledge.

Thank Trevor S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016

At the end of the Talking Tram route, you will have time to look around and listen to a brief history talk, and still have time to wait a few minutes for the next tram.

Thank Melbournegreynomads
Hervey Bay, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2016

Our guide of the Joss House Temple was very interesting and explained how the Chinese community still use this Temple. He also told us all about the early history.

Thank graham960
Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2016

Do not waste your time visiting here. Not much to see only worship temples x 4 off them...all the buildings the same. Saw it in no more than 5mins. Save your money for a coffee at one of Bendigo's cafe's would be more enjoyable

Thank colmc233

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