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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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Fascinating Chinese Joss House

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Gold Coast, Australia
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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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
Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

to visit a working Chinese temple. The historical gold rush background adds another dimension. Overall a most interesting attraction - worth a visit.

Thank WigglePicker
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

The Chinese played a largely unrecognised role in pioneering Australia. This joss house is dedicated to the god of war and business. Few intact relics of that long distant era remain. The Chinese dame to dig for gold. Some stayed to trade, but most returned to China. I find this remnant of a bygone era fascinating. Australia's links to Asia... More 

Thank Jeffry B
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

We visited the Joss House as part of our excursion on The Vintage Talking Tram. We found it very interesting and the guide very informative.

Thank Outandabout1208
Paeroa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Very knowledgable and enthusiastic guide bought alive the history of the temple. It is a small temple but very interesting which is historically significant to Bendigo. Went as part of the Deborah Mine/Tram/Joss House Ticket which I thought worth the price.

Thank 19Lucy14

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