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The Bendigo Joss House Temple is temporarily CLOSED due to staffing shortages relating to COVID-19.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, appreciate your understanding and are looking forward to welcoming you back soon.


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.

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Catch a tram

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

Do you know which animal you are on the Chinese Zodiac Calendar? Find out below and see if your traits align.

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Planning a COVIDSafe visit

Visitors and worshippers aged 18+ are currently required to be double vaccinated to enter. Face masks need to be worn within the temple.

Read our COVIDSafe conditions of entry here >

Celebrating
150 years

Opened in 1871, 2021 marked the 150th anniversary of the Bendigo Joss House Temple. The heritage-listed temple is significant as being one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia.