Golden Dragon Museum; Yi Yuan Gardens & Kuan Yin Temple
Dai Gum San, 1-11 Bridge Street, BENDIGO
Phone: (03) 5441 5044
A living history of the presence of the Chinese people of Bendigo and vicinity from the gold rushes of the 1850’s to the present day. The museum features the world’s longest and oldest imperial dragons, internationally significant processional regalia, intricately carved furniture, beautifully embroidered costumes, several hundred Chinese coins, some dating back to 221 BC and a range of items from the renowned artisans and craftsmen of China from centuries past.
The Yi Yuan Classical Chinese Gardens comprises traditional Chinese architecture with lotus pond and fish in a serene and tranquil setting decorated with sculpture and colourful hand painted murals. Based on similar gardens contained within the imperial palace in Beijing they were built by Chinese artisans in 1996.
Traditionally Buddhist in design, the Kuan Yin Temple is dedicated in name to the Goddess of Compassion and Mercy and contains numerous colourful murals.
Approximately 2000 photographs, including objects, embroidery and costumes. A unique living collection.
The largest collection of Chinese processional regalia, including eight Chinese dragons, costumes and banners. A selection of these cultural objects are used annually in Bendigo's Easter Parade, a local tradition to raise funds for charity since 1871.