It is an undisputed notion that the 21st century has witnessed mass population movements across the world. In an increasingly globalised world where states are often dependent on each other and where the concept of nationality no longer connotes ones place of birth alone, the emergence of ‘Chinatowns’ or ‘Little Indias’ are unsurprising. As citizens of other nationalities or different state origin flock around such areas in an effort to strengthen their national identity or feel a sense of ‘home’ and belonging, religious structures have also emerged as people of different faiths seek to affirm it. The Na Tien Temple in Berkeley is one such example and one which can be visited when staying in Wollongong hotels in Australia.
For those searching for accommodation in the area, location and quality of food and service must be considered and a hotel such as Chifley Wollongong is quite a good option. Once accommodation has been arranged, one can note that the Nan Tien Temple is easily accessible from the centre of Wollongong and, some argue, is one of the largest Buddhist temples in the Southern Hemisphere!
Also known as the Southern Heaven Temple, the Nan Tien Temple is one that has been established under Mahayana Buddhism, which is a popular branch of Buddhism in South East Asia. Prior to the construction of the temple, some thought was given as to its location and the site that is currently located in was chosen due to its proximity to Mount Kembla.
The Nan Tien Temple is made up of numerous components. It includes the Great Mercy Shrine and the Great Hero Hall, both of which are two prayer halls while there is also an eight level Pagoda. The Temple is home to a number of statues including the Thousand Handed Avalokitesvara statue. The spectacular view of Mount Kembla as you look out from the Temple alone is worth the visit.