Hou Wang Temple
The Hou Wang Temple was the social and religious heart of Atherton’s Chinese community.
Constructed in 1903, the Temple is now the only remaining timber and iron Chinese temple in Australia, of typical Queensland construction materials used in a unique manner. It is highly significant as a rare example of a temple in overseas Chinese settlements and possibly the only temple dedicated to Hou Wang outside China.
The Hou Wang Temple was constructed at Cedar Camp by its Chinese residents, themselves major contributors to agriculture and trade on the Tablelands. Apart from the temple itself, there was also a community hall, kitchen and a pig oven. People gathered here to worship, celebrate festivals and discuss community issues.