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The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion
Ranked #8 of 59 things to do in Bendigo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, being built near Bendigo Australia, is 50 metres square at its base and nearly 50 metres high. This makes it the biggest stupa in the Western World. We are also home to the worlds largest Jade Buddha statue - weighing in at four tonnes. On your visit you can enjoy visual delights of arts and Asian culture, learn more about the Buddhist faith as well as meditation and wellbeing, and experience the grand architecture with a guided tour.
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Please, please, please! every one pack up your cars this Sunday and drive!! you have to see this,, amazing

3  Thank Christina S
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

Incredible to see the Stupa in the midst of the Bendigo bush. It is a peaceful and beautiful place, still in progress, with much of interest regardless of whether you are Buddhist or not. many interesting talks and exhibitions, and an incredible building. A credit to the people who have worked hard to develop this area ad the associated school and residential camp.

Thank KatyMack
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Reviewed October 12, 2013 via mobile

I came to the Atisha centre for a meditation session, and was recommended to visit the Great Stupa while I was there. There was a lovely guide who put on a video explaining the journey do far, and what they were building. Then had a wander through the centre, looking at some pretty impressive Buddhist relics. I've lived in Bendigo for years and had no idea this was here!! Well worth a look!!

1  Thank Marie-Claire T
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We visited the Great Stupa yesterday, along with thousands of others, for the Festival of Light to celebrate Saka Dawa or Vesak, the holiest day of the year for Buddhists. Buddhism is not an exclusive religion and the Great Stupa is not an exclusive destination, but very much an all-are-welcome place.

On my previous visit this extraordinary undertaking was just a number of big trenches in the earth full of water that were destined to be the foundations of the Stupa, but it took a fair amount of imagination. Now the main body of the structure is in place and there is a tower with lights on top to show what the final height will be; 48 metres we were told. There is already a WOW factor.

Set in lovely 'gold country' bushland, this will be an extraordinary sight when completed. It will be home to the Jade Buddha, a statue carved from the largest piece of gem quality jade in the world. The Jade Buddha is still touring the world at present but the amazing collection of holy Buddhist relics was on display in the interpretive building. It was fascinating to see the response of Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike to these tiny precious relics from around the world.

Whilst the completion of this truly Great project is still some years away, it is a fine opportunity for locals and anyone passing near Bendigo to see a major monument in the making.

2  Thank DaisyClover
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

I have been watching the progress of the GSoUC for some time via the internet, and it has been on my "to visit" list for quite a while. I was happy to recently have the opportunity to see the Stupa in person.

The construction and landscaping, of the Stupa and is a work in progress. (Estimated completion 2017) However, I would still recommend a visit. There is a visitors centre, where you are can watch a very good film of the story of the Stupa, and also view Holy Relics. There is a 3D model of the vision for the completed GSoUC, associated buildings and grounds.

The "under construction" Stupa is visible from the car park and visitors centre.

A special mention needs to be made of Bridget - one of the administration staff - who made me feel very welcome, and was happy to answer questions.

I look forward to visiting the Stupa again on future visits to Victoria.

1  Thank Zeddy-boo
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