If you have a day free and a car, I suggest spending a relaxing day at Kiama (Wollongong), to the south of Sydney.
This entry is on the Nan Tien Temple, where we spent a pleasant morning and topped it off with a nice vegetarian lunch.
The Nan Tien Temple is the biggest Buddhist temple in the Southern hemisphere, and is a perfect place to start your day, spending an hour or two feeling peaceful and serene heh.
aside from the main temple building, visit the surroundings too, there is a small museum, a small gallery with different exhibits, and this big bell you can sound. I’m not buddhist or religious, but it was a pleasant and calming experience.
hehe i found this v cute.
After walking around and working up an appetite, Nan Tien Temple has two eating areas, a dining hall and the Dew Drop Inn where we ate – a teahouse serving vegetarian food.
The entire teahouse was so nicely decorated that I was a bit too embarrassed to take photos, and so this single photo really doesn’t do it justice. It has nice wooden benches and tables, buddha sculptures and just a general vibe of quietness and … zen.
lemongrass “pork” rice
salt and pepper tofu.
Of it all, the salt and pepper tofu was the best. We even wanted to order one more plate of it – the tofu was fluffy and very very tasty. The curry was not bad too. The rest were normal and not particularly memorable. And I highly recommend that everyone tries the lotus tea at least once. It comes with a whole lotus flower infused in the pot and was light and fragrant.