Funding for the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

Published: 5 April 2017

The Victorian Government is helping crown Bendigo's majestic Great Stupa of Universal Compassion thanks to a $2.5 million grant.

The impressive landmark, with its 50m² base and 50m height, is modelled on the 15th century Great Stupa of Gyantse in Tibet, and once complete, will be the largest stupa in the western world.

Tourists have been flocking to the monument since it opened to visitors in 2012. It attracts more than 25,000 visitors annually and numbers are projected to exceed 90,000 per year within 10 years.

Watch the video below to find out more about the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion.

Video transcript

Funding for Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

[Title:  Funding for Great Stupa of Universal Compassion]

Jaala Pulford - Minister for Regional Development

[Vision:  The Great Stupa structure - Buddha]

I'm absolutely delighted today to announce the Government's investment of $2.5 million towards a $5 million project.  Less than a year ago our Government established a $103 million Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

[Vision:  The Great Stupa structure - entrance - internal view - statues]

This impressive landmark, with its 50 square metre base, 50 metre height, is a remarkable part of this story that is the work that we're all doing together to grow tourism across regional Victoria.

Ian Green - Chairman, The Great Stupa

Buddhists come here because it's such a holy place, and because we have such a vast collection of Buddha relics and some incredible big Buddha statues and so forth, so it then becomes a pilgrimage place.  For the other people, they come here because it's so unusual.

[Vision:  Buddha statue - dragon fountain - The Great Stupa - pond]

They think it's quite extraordinary that something like this has been built from this earth in quite a remote location.  It's now becoming this amazing, special, spiritual place, that everyone can appreciate, whether they're Buddhist, whether they're Christian or whether they don't believe in anything.

[Jaala Pulford speaking]

The project will complete the Stupa's construction, but also importantly provide essential infrastructure services, and this will all happen over the next 18 months.

[Vision:  Close up of art - The Great Stupa - artwork]

This has been identified by the local community as a key opportunity to grow the visitor economy.

[Jaala Pulford speaking - long path to The Great Stupa]

But as a stand-alone project it's very, very exciting, and we're just so pleased to be supporting it too.

[Victoria State Government]

[Speaker:  Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]