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The Bendigo Joss House Temple has been temporarily CLOSED due to COVID-19 regulations.

WORSHIPPING: The Temple is available to worshippers only each Sunday. Booking is essential by phoning 5443 8255. We’re implementing a number of new measures to meet COVIDSafe requirements.

At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple you will discover more about Chinese beliefs and the story of the Chinese who came to Bendigo in search of gold.

Opened in 1871, this Chinese place of worship is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia.

The main temple is dedicated to Guan-Di (Kwan Gong), the god of war and prosperity. The Chinese saw him as a wise judge, guide, protector and provider of wealth and prosperity; attributes sought by the Chinese inhabitants of this strange land.

Constructed using locally handmade bricks and painted red – symbolising happiness, strength and vitality – the Bendigo Joss House Temple is a significant and unique part of Bendigo’s cultural history.

Find out more

Catch a tram

A Vintage Talking Tram Tour is a fantastic add on to your Joss House visit and provides a insight into Bendigo’s heritage.

Chinese Zodiac Calendar

Did you know that it is currently the Year of the Metal Rat? Find out which animal you are on the Zodiac Calendar and see if your traits align.


Volunteer with us

We are currently recruiting volunteers who enjoy learning new things and sharing their  knowledge with visitors


A visit to the Bendigo Joss House Temple provides tangible evidence relating to the migration of Chinese to Bendigo during the gold rush. Full details here.