Bendigo Joss House Temple

Bendigo Joss House Temple

The Chinese Joss House at Emu Point was built in the 1860's by Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold.

Joss House
Joss House

It is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia and has stood on this site for over a century. There were many Chinese on the goldfields of Bendigo which was called 'Dai Gum San' - the Big Gold Mountain. The Bendigo Joss House Temple had various uses by the Chinese since its inception but was mainly used as a temple to honor ancestors. The God worshipped in this Joss House is General Kwan Gung (221-266AD) who represents the ideal of brotherhood loyalty and justness and is believed to make men successful in their undertakings.

The Bendigo Joss House Temple is split into three sections: a caretaker's residence, temple and an ancestral hall.

Constructed with locally handmade bricks and painted red, symbolising the traditional Chinese colour denoting strength and vitality, the Bendigo Joss House is considered an important part of Bendigo's cultural history.

Emu Point, Finn Street, North Bendigo VIC 3550, Australia
+61 03 5443 8322
+61 03 5441 7669
Open Wed, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm or by prior arrangement
Adult $5.50, Concession $4.50, Children $3.50, Family $11 Worshippers are welcome at no charge.
Toilets, Gift Shop, Disabled access

One of Bendigo's original buildings, it is constructed from timber and local handmade bricks and contains a collection of Chinese artefacts.