Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong, Australia, largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere
The Nan Tien Temple in Wollongong is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and is certainly considered one of the regions more unique attractions. Nan Tien Temple literally means "paradise of the south" and is part of the Fo Guang Shan buddhist order, which has its main base in Gao Xiong, Taiwan. Open every day except Mondays, the temple is free to visitors. Everyone is welcome to explore the expansive temple grounds, however the temple is best experienced and understood by joining a guided tour led by highly trained guides. Tours cost $4 and run for 1.5 hours. There are 2 restaurants at the temple, serving traditional vegetarian Chinese food and beverages. The 'Dew Drop Inn Tea House' provides a tranquil and attractive setting to enjoy a wide variety of exotic teas, coffees as well as an a la carte lunch menu. The Dining Hall provides variety selections of healthy vegetarian foods. Based on traditional and modern receipes, all meals are prepared in the famous kitchen of Nan Tien Temple by experienced chefs. In addition to the guided tours, the Nan Tien Temple offers a museum and regular events, such as meditation retreats, tai chi, excursions and art and craft classes. You can also stay overnight at the 'Pilgrim Lodge' and participate in weekend retreats. The temple is located approximately 10 minutes south of Wollongong's CBD.
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