for about an hour towards Wollongong and you will find a serene abode of beauty and Tangerine Pagodas rising to the sky. Nan Tien
Temple, also called Southern Paradise is the
largest Buddhist temple in Southern Hemisphere.
was constructed in 1992, using traditional techniques and materials used
by Chinese craftsmen. There are two temples where visitors
can light incense sticks, pray and meditate.
I was totally amazed by the exquisite beauty of the interiors. From top to bottom, the
four walls are covered with rows of miniature statues of Buddha, while a
gorgeous chandelier hangs down from the ceiling. The golden glow of the decor immediately lightens up your eyes. Huge Buddha
statues are installed in both the temples. Since photography wasn’t
allowed inside, I couldn’t capture the interiors.
I have a look at the gorgeous courtyard. These adorable little monk statues are placed across the garden. I just can’t get over their cuteness.
architecture of the complex is notable because it incorporates the
features of several styles of Buddhism. The pagoda is distinctly
Chinese, with flying eaves and an angular profile. The
main temples incorporates features of Tibetan monastic architecture,
with multi-storey painted temple buildings set atop high stone platforms
(see the Potala Palace). The courtyards feature Japanese-style gardens,
while the statues and shrines often incorporate
bright, South-East Asian colour schemes, in contrast to the more
austere styles favoured in China.
Around the courtyard, you will find a souvenir shop, seating area, visitor room, toilets and Dining hall.
We were right on time to enjoy a delicious lunch of rice/noodles and four different vegetable curries. My favourite were the mushroom and broccoli dish. Along with food they served two slices of fruits too. The foodie in me was absolutely happy!!
No Entry fees
Dressing – No shorts/hot pants, tank tops or singlets allowed inside the temple/prayer room. Though you can roam around courtyard and the garden.
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