As shown in a previous post, my family and I discovered the Buddhist Temple that was opened officially in South Africa in 2005. We had been driving along the N4 to Witbank when we saw the Temple building in the distance. My husband remembered reading about its opening in the paper and mentioned that he would like to see it one day. “What better time than the present?” I responded. So we took the time to look for our way off the highway, and to find the entrance to this religious place.
We knew we had succeeded when we saw the archway leading to Nan Hua Temple.
As we approached the building, we were impressed by the architecture and the colours.
The carvings and detail were so beautiful, we spent quite a bit of time gazing at it in wonder. And we had not even yet entered the property!
Once inside, we were surrounded by tranquillity – a peacefulness that seemed to be reflected in the the beauty of the inner buildings.
The outer courtyard was as impressive as the inner one. We kept looking around and found it difficult to focus on just one aspect of the beauty before us.
The inner courtyard was as beautiful as the outer one (a picture can be seen in my previous post), only more spacious. The ramps leading to the buildings seemed to blend in harmoniously with the setting.
Walking up to one of the structures, I noted the intricate detail that had been painted onto the building. Not only the painting, but the construction itself of the detail, must have taken years to create.
The temple is sprinkled with stone lions: guardian lions that are traditionally believed to protect the temple.
These stone lions are an integral part of the temple and proudly stand guard.
The detail of the main building is mirrored even in the corner towers of the courtyard. The beauty and majesty of the towers stand out beautifully against the blue of the African sky.
We peeked into the temple but did not enter as there were people praying and we did not want to disturb them. I snapped a quick picture of the altar.
Coming out of the temple looking down the stairs, this is the view we saw:
We strolled along the passages of the buildings that create the courtyard. We noted that the place is well kept and well maintained.
While walking along the corridors, we saw a different perspective of the buildings and noted upstairs rooms where he monks surely stay.
The inner courtyard is large and from the inside looking in, one can understand the depth of it.
We enjoyed our trip to the Buddhist Temple. Afterwards, we walked across to the cultural centre where we ate some fare made by the monks: dumplings and a noodle soup. Simple, and yet so delicious!
Have you visited a Buddhist Temple?