TAASA IN VICTORIA Visit to See Yup Temple 31 August 2014 TAASA members and guests enjoyed a guided tour of the little known See Yup Temple in South Melbourne, colloquially known as the Joss House. The temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in continuous use in Australia, being built in 1856 for the Chinese people who came to Australia from See Yup (four districts in Southern China) to work on the Victorian gold fields. – TAASA Review December 2014


This article was originally found in the December 2014 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 23, Issue 4, Page 27).

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See Yup immigrants’ traditional eclectic beliefs incorporated Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, deity-worship and ancestor-veneration.

The temple was built as a meeting place but also includes two altars for worship, and three memorial halls.

The memorial halls hold more than 13,000 tablets in commemoration of members who died and were buried in Victoria between 1850 to the present day...