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Bendigo Joss House Temple, Bendigo

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At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship which was constructed in the 1860s, you can discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold.



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.

The Bendigo Joss House Temple is located at the northern terminus of the Vintage 'Talking' Tram Tour. Free parking is also available.
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  • Well kept working temple, second oldest temple in the country... it was great to see the Chinese history got kept so well in Bendigo!  more »
  • Provides an insight into Chinese culture. We were in a group so had an organised commentary which was essential to getting a full appreciation of the history and importance of this building. Easy to v...  more »
  • Just the sheer age of this temple is something to appreciate. The caretaker is very friendly and helpful.  more »
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  • Probably the best guide I've ever come across. Very knowledgeably & friendly. Well worth a visit if nearby.
  • Really recommend a visit to this small, beautifully maintained place of Chinese worship since the 1860's. Excellent knowledgeable guide (thanks Mikelle). Take the Talking Tram from Bendigo city (brief and enjoyable ride) to gain a better understanding of early and current Chinese life and culture. Bob. 1 March 2017.
  • The temple curator is really knowledgeable and friendly, a real delight and a fascinating visit to understand part of Bendigo's history.

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Where to stay in Bendigo

Just like the city itself, places to stay in Bendigo present a mix of historical and modern. The center of the city boasts a selection of hotels and apartments housed in Victorian mansions--which also happen to be some of Bendigo's main tourist attractions. Just a couple of blocks away, however, you can choose from a number of 21st-century establishments. For a more peaceful setting, venture outside the city center to find plenty of smaller bed and breakfasts and motels, as well as fully equipped RV parks and campsites.
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