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Saturday, December 31, 2016

22 Dec 2016 - "Southern Paradise", Nan Tien Temple

Today we embarked on a long drive from Katoomba to Kiama.  After about 2 hours on the road, we stopped by Wollongong for lunch.  Before going to Kiama, we decided to visit Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the southern hemisphere.
Nan Tien's Pagoda is an eight storey resting place for the cremated ashes of devotees and their relatives.
Located in a quiet, peaceful environment, overlooking Mount Keira and Mount Kembla, Nan Tien Temple has now been recognised as a wonderful place to visit.
"Nan Tien" in Chinese, literally means "Paradise of the South". Nan Tien Temple not only promotes Buddhist activities, it welcomes people from social service organisations and education institutions to participate in making a better society. Nan Tien Temple is for everyone, all can join in making an effort towards our achievements of global peace.
Jerlene and Javier were curious about the huge bell on the hill and decided to "sound" it out.
The Main Shrine is the most important building and also called the Great Hero Hall. When we see the steps before the shrine, it reminds us of our aim to gain enlightenment.
There is a museum in the compound which is a showcase of historic, cultural and artistic aspects of Chinese culture and Buddhism.  Inside the main exhibition aread, there were some spectacular exhibits such as the 1000 year old wood carving and “microscopic” sutra writings.

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