Rydges Darwin Central
A testimony of the long history of Chinese culture in Darwin, the Chinese Temple was initially built on its current site around 1887. After being damaged several times, first by cyclones in 1897 and 1937, then by the bombing raid of 1942, it was finally destroyed by cyclone Tracy in 1974.
It was rebuilt at the same location following old floor diagrams and photographs and reopened in 1977.
Today, the Chinese temple is still used as a place of worship, alongside the museum, which is run by volunteers who are happy to explain the workings of the bells and drums, as well as the story behind the Chinese community in Darwin.