Bendigo Joss House Temple

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple you can discover more about the Chinese migrants who came to Bendigo in search of gold so long ago.

The Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship, was opened in 1871. Standing for over a century, the Bendigo Joss House Temple is one of the few remaining buildings of its type in Australia. It comprises a Caretaker’s Residence, Temple and Ancestral Hall.

The main temple is dedicated to Guan-Di, the god of war and prosperity. The Chinese saw Guan-Di as a wise judge, guide, protector and provider of wealth and prosperity.

Constructed with locally hand-made bricks and painted red – symbolising the traditional Chinese colour denoting happiness, strength and vitality – the Bendigo Joss House Temple is an important part of Bendigo’s cultural history.

The Bendigo Joss House Temple is open Wednesday – Sunday, from 10:30am – 3:00pm, with last entry accepted at 2:30pm. Closed Monday-Tuesday. The temple is conveniently located at the Northern terminus of Bendigo’s iconic Vintage Talking Tram Tour.


Carpark Coach Parking Interpretive Centre Non Smoking Public Toilet

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Trust Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation


Australian Tourism Accreditation


Free Entry

Adult $6.50, Concession $5.50 and Family $19.00 (two adults and up to four children).

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