The Bendigo Joss House Temple celebrated two significant milestones this week.
It was 40 years since it was reopened to the public by the National Trust of Victoria, and five years since the National Trust placed the temple in the care of Bendigo Trust.
To honour the milestones, five sacred vessels were unveiled.
The vessels were donated by Paul Tze Kong Young and have travelled from Happy Valley in Hong Kong
The vessels are a standard feature on Chinese altars and they represent the five jewels of the Buddhist paradise.
The Bendigo Joss House Temple is a unique piece of Bendigo’s history.
“The Bendigo Joss House Temple is yet another example of the Bendigo community’s determination to preserve and nurture our heritage,” Bendigo Trust chief executive officer Tom Seddon said.
“We may be the caretakers, but it is the support from the community that keeps it going, which is why I would like to recognise the invaluable contribution of all the volunteers who have given of their time over the years.”The temple has been open more frequently than ever recently and hosts visitors and an increasing number of school groups looking to learn more about Chinese culture and religious practices.