Exploring Wollongong and it surrounds on our recent visit to the area, we entered the grounds of Nan Tien temple. The temple which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere has become a rather popular tourist attraction.
Nan Tien temple sure is a fascinating place to visit with its grand architecture and the well-manicured grounds. Not to mention the interesting statues scattered around the premises. But what caught my attention most was the peace, calm and tranquility that prevailed everywhere we went within the temple grounds.
It sure looked like a place where one would go purely for their interest in Buddhism and it's philosophy of spirituality; but for a person like me from another religious belief the place offered a chance to meditate to the sound of absolutely nothing. This nothingness brought about a sense of calm within me.
The temple itself is a place for exploration with the walls and ceilings covered with eye catching decorations. You can spend endless hours just walking around the temple and reading inspirational inscriptions on the walls.
The monks serenely walking around are quite friendly and eager to explain, whether it's the most trivia thing or the deepest spiritual query; they are more than happy to give their time to talk to us.
The tea shop in the premises serve different yet an interesting selection of teas. The food sold and served at the temple is purely vegetarian. Even if these vegetarian meals are quite tasty, if you are a hard-core meat eater - you better feed yourself before visiting the temple.
The temple is not only an object of beauty that you should walk around admiring, or a place of worship for believers. It also offers educational and healthy lifestyle classes to add to your agenda whilst visiting. They even offer accommodation for those who want to spend a weekend in tranquil surroundings away from the busy life in the city. The vegetarian cooking class is something I personally would want to try out during my next visit to the temple.
Why: A different kind of experience.
Cost; Free Entry
When: All day