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What is a Joss House? Can my dog come along for the tour? You’ll find all of the answers you seek here. If you can’t, please phone us on (03) 5443 8255.

WHAT IS A JOSS HOUSE?
The Bendigo Joss House Temple is a Chinese place of worship that was opened in 1871 and is one of the few remaining original buildings of its type in Australia.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPERATING HOURS?
11:00am – 3:00pm everyday except Christmas.

DO I NEED TO MAKE A RESERVATION?
No, reservations are not essential. We do recommend booking for groups of 10 or more people by phoning (03) 5443 8255.

HOW LONG SHOULD I ALLOW FOR A VISIT?
30-45 minutes.

HOW DO I GET TO THE TEMPLE?
The best way is by Vintage Talking Tram. The Bendigo Joss House Temple sits at the Northern end of the route at Tram Stop No. 6.

IS THIS A PRACTICING TEMPLE?
Yes, worshippers are welcome free of charge.

WHAT BELIEF SYSTEMS ARE PRACTICED AT THE TEMPLE?
A blend of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism

TO WHOM IS THE MAIN TEMPLE 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.

IS THE JOSS HOUSE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?
Unfortunately not, there are small steps at each doorway which have cultural significance.

DO YOU HAVE TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE?
Our interpretive signage is translated into Mandarin.

ARE CAMERAS ALLOWED IN THE TEMPLE?
Yes, of course.

ARE DOGS ALLOWED IN THE TEMPLE?
Unfortunately not, but you are welcome to tie them up out the front in our garden area.

IS THERE PARKING AVAILABLE FOR BUSES AND CAMPERVANS?
Yes, we have parking available at the front of the temple.

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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.