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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
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11:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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We saw the Joss house many years ago & decided it was time to have a return visit. (31.12.16) The 2 gentleman working there were just delightful & very informative. There's so... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw the Joss house many years ago & decided it was time to have a return visit. (31.12.16) The 2 gentleman working there were just delightful & very informative. There's so much history here & I thoroughly recommend that you add a visit to your "things to do" list when you are in Bendigo.

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an ideal half hour stop if you're riding the tram. However, we ended up staying for a whole hour as we chatted with the chap on the desk. His knowledge of the gold rush era was limitless. We were enthralled by the stories, especially as we are from the Ballarat area and have some gold rush knowledge ourselves.... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have just spent a hour at the temple but it didn't even feel like a hour because the guide Mikelle was beyond excellent. He gave us so much insight into the temple and the stories behind it which made it incredibly fascinating. It's a small shrine but excellently maintained all the way from the 1800s. The shrine has all... More 

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Thank Kash1987
Melbourne Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

Definitely worth a visit to get a sense of an important part of Bendigo's past. A wealth of local information is available too...just ask !

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Thank Billabongshade
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Very historic temple with a very well informed volunteer guide. This was a second visit because we were with friends but still we found it most interesting.

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Thank milltown8
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Heard about Joss House Temple it is the oldest Chinese place of worship on its original site in Australia. We decided to see it for our selves and found it very interesting and moving. So much history and quite a beautiful small Temple also the young lady who gave us the commentary was so friendly, explained the whole story with... More 

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Thank Marianne F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Dad was in having treatment done in hospital so i took the nephew and niece through here and we all enjoyed it

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Thank Rhonda V
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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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Thank Kerrie T
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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

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Thank Sally B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 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!!!

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