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Bendigo Joss House Temple

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Address: Finn Street | Emu Point, Bendigo, Greater 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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History and Culture Lesson

The Bendigo Joss Temple is an introduction to the culture of the Chinese people who settled at Bending with the dreams of finding gold. Fascinating introduction into the... read more

Reviewed October 31, 2016
Kerrie T
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 31, 2016

The Bendigo Joss Temple is an introduction to the culture of the Chinese people who settled at Bending with the dreams of finding gold. Fascinating introduction into the mysticism of a different culture.

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We spent about an hour in this temple - each room was full of history and interesting stories. The staff were awesome and so passionate about the place it rubbed off on us! A great view into the Chinese history in Bendigo

Thank Sally B
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Reviewed October 15, 2016 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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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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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

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Leek, United Kingdom
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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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