Spirit of Place: Golden Dragon Museum (Bendigo)


Located near the Kwan Yin temple and Garden of Joy is the Golden Dragon Museum which is at the heart of the local Chinese community and houses the largest dancing dragon in the southern hemisphere.

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Dragon Chariot of Ten Thousand Sages (made with jade)

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The museum had many other objects embellished with jade as well which is highly valued in the Chinese culture:

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Then there is the Golden Dragon itself which is the longest one in the Southern hemisphere:


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Spirit of Place: The Yi Yuan (Garden of Joy in Bendigo)

One of the most tranquil and beautifully kept Chinese gardens I have had the pleasure to visit….

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Spirit of Place: Kwan Yin Temple (Bendigo)



Earlier in the year I took a trip to Bendigo a few hours out of Melbourne, Australia to visit the Kwan Yin Temple which is the biggest and oldest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Kwan Yin is the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy and is honoured by Buddists as well as polytheists.

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There are many images of Kwan Yin painted on the walls around the complex.

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There are also lots of statues in honour of Kwan Yin around the complex grounds.

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There are incense burners outside the inner temple of Kwan Yin
which pilgrims can use to honour the Goddess.

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Inside the temple of Kwan Yin there is a statue and shrine in her
honour with offerings all around her.  Those who come to the temple
can meditate, pray and leave offerings in her name.

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A close up of the Kwan Yin shrine shows how active this shrine
is which is very important to her devotees.

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