Dai Gum Loong
Dai Gum Loong ready to make his Easter Debut
Bendigo’s new Imperial-style Dragon Dai Gum Loong will soon be making his way to Bendigo.
The beautifully ornate dragon has been constructed in Hong Kong by celebrated dragon maker, Master Hui, using traditional dragon-making techniques.
Dai Gum Loong will replace Sun Loong in the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade and continue a proud tradition of parading Imperial style Dragons in Bendigo dating back to 1892 when the city’s first dragon, Loong, appeared in the parade.
Dai Gum Loong is 125m long and has more than 7,000 scales. He will be protected by two gold and silver lions and accompanied by a unicorn, a heavenly creature that symbolises long life, celebration and magnificence.
As Dai Gum Loong is a 21st century dragon, he will also be a champion for equality and men and women will carry him in the parade. Previously only men had been allowed to carry Imperial-style Dragons.
Dai Gum Loong and his protective gold and silver lions were recently blessed at a Hong Kong temple, with Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke in attendance. The blessing ensures safe travels and is an important part of the dragon-making process.
The City of Greater Bendigo and the Golden Dragon Museum look forward to introducing Dai Gum Loong to you soon!
Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade will be held on Sunday April 21 from 1pm.
Sun Loong's restoration
As Dai Gum Loong was being built, Sun Loong has undergone a restoration to prepare him for his final parade appearance and
to prolong his life. The works will ensure he is in good condition to parade on special occasions in the future and that his colours remain vibrant while he is on display in the Golden Dragon Museum.
More than 1,000 of Sun Loong’s scales were restored in Hong Kong under the watchful eye of dragon maker Ringo Leung, while a local
conservator restored his head, neck and tail. The remaining 5,000 scales will be restored locally.
The construction of Dai Gum Loong and the restoration of Sun Loong has been funded by the Australian Government, Victorian Government, City of Greater Bendigo and private donations.