Dai Gum Loong ready to make his way to Bendigo
The construction of Bendigo’s new Imperial Dragon, Dai Gum Loong, is nearing completion and the Hong Kong team behind his creation is preparing to send him home.
To celebrate this milestone, the City of Greater Bendigo and Golden Dragon Museum have released an image of the dragon’s head featuring a beautiful ornate design, similar to his predecessors Loong and Sun Loong.
It has taken less than a year to formally complete the project, after the City and Golden Dragon Museum signed a contract in May last year with celebrated Hong Kong dragon maker Master Hui to construct Dai Gum Loong.
To finish the dragon-making process, Dai Gum Loong’s head, neck and tail will be blessed in a Hong Kong temple on Saturday February 2. Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke, Golden Dragon Museum General Manager Anita Jack and Bendigo Chinese Association President Doug Lougoon will attend the blessing.
Ms Jack said the traditional blessing intended to prepare Dai Gum Loong for his journey to Bendigo.
“The blessing ensures safe travels for Dai Gum Loong and is an important component of the dragon making process,” she said.
“From a cultural perspective it is important to have the mayor attend the blessing and represent the Greater Bendigo community, which Dai Gum Loong will become a part of.”
Cr O’Rourke said she was looking forward to attending the blessing and meeting the people who had created Dai Gum Loong.
“This has been an important project for our community that has attracted Local, State and Federal Government investment, as well as significant private donations. The arrival of Dai Gum Loong will be an exciting chapter in our City’s history and I am delighted to represent our community at the blessing,” she said.
Dai Gum Loong is expected to arrive in Australia by March.
The Mayor’s travel is supported by Council and expenses will be accommodated within the current budget.