Hou Wang Chinese Temple and Museum
Atherton Chinatown is the Award-winning site of the unique Hou Wang Temple and interpretive museum. Located just over a scenic hours drive south west of Cairns, the National Trust of Queensland property ensures visitors of a fascinating insight into North Queensland’s history and heritage. The heritage-listed temple is the only timber and corrugated-iron temple remaining in Australia and New Zealand of over 110 that were built in the late 19th early 20th centuries. It was built by Chinese settlers who moved into the district to work in the timber and maize industries around 1890. It has an ornate interior with original wood carvings that can be seen during the guided tour of the property.
Allow time to browse through the interpretive museum with its interactive displays and ‘world-first’ artefact scanner. The giftshop has a good array of Feng-Shui symbols and souvenirs.
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