Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien Temple, Wollongong

Nan Tien Temple
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Nan Tien is very different from most tourist attractions because there is so much to offer: the visual delights of grandeur architecture, art & culture including unique exhibitions & festivals, Buddhist festivals, vegetarian culinary delights, educational & healthy life style classes & retreats, accommodation, top class conference and auditorium facilities as well as beautiful gardens & walks. There is also the spiritual and religious experience that is unforgettable and even life changing for some.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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AussieMia72
Ballina, Australia131 contributions
Absolutely beautiful highly recommend
May 2021 • Family
Highly recommend, we drove into the temple unsure what to expect, the gardens, temples and statues were beautiful, our teenagers loved it and found it very informative. Had a beautiful lunch there.
Written 24 June 2021
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A.M.
3 contributions
Staff are rude, racist and insulting!
Nov 2020 • Friends
Nice place, too bad the staff treat their guests in an absolutely disgusting manner. I very much enjoyed my day here, beautiful place and what I thought was a great way to display and engage tourists in the traditional culture.
That is until I tried to go into the museum and the woman sitting at the desk screamed at me to cover myself properly in very broken English it took a while to understand why she was yelling at me and repeatedly hollered scarf at me. She was implying that I was not dressed properly and had offended her by trying to enter the museum, I turned and left the entire temple as quick as I could incredibly embarrassed and humiliated.

1. If you have a dress code, state it at the entrance! Do not allow people to enjoy many hours before they are screamed at and humiliated for doing something they didn't realise is wrong. I also find it interesting that your reviews seem to have a reoccurring pattern of this happening to women who do not have a "traditional" appearance if you can follow what I'm saying there...

2. I'm sorry but the dress pictured is what I was wearing; it covers all: cleavage, shoulders, upper arms, stomach, thighs, knees and even part of my ankles! I can understand if I was wearing a crop top and hot pants but I was not. I had purposely dressed in a manner I thought was appropriate and respectful, which not 1 other staff member saw an issue with.

The only thing my dress exposed was my collarbone. What a joke!
Written 19 June 2021
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Suzanne R
11 contributions
My expectations were high after previous visits, the reality was potentially life threatening
Jun 2021
After covid lockdown (medical requirement) I was excited to be attending a weekend meditation retreat at Nan Tien, an expensive gift from my daughter. Six one day retreats over the past 10 years or so, all highly enjoyable, made a weekend retreat the next obvious step.
The program for the weekend promised much and for the first few hours delivered what was anticipated. Lunch saw no provision for dietary requirements for a couple of us on the retreat eventhough in my case, not only was it written in the booking sheet but 3 subsequent phone calls to confirm my allergy were made. My luch therefore consisted of white rice with a promise dinner would be attended to.
What I was told I could eat because it "had been cooked separately" resulted in an anaphylactic episode and a very miserable night.
Since my return home with the promise of a follow up from Nan Tien, the silence has been deafening and an email to them ignored.
The complex is beautiful. Trying to find a peaceful place to sit and meditate during the day with so many visitors is hard.
My advice, if you have allergies or special food requirements and you are on retreat, take your own food.
I won't be returning.
Written 16 June 2021
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sydrandhawa
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Good visit but avoid the Karma Restaurant
Jun 2021
A totally wonderful experience. A serene place with beautiful gardens and a magnificient temple on the 3rd floor. Don't forget to visit the Nan Tien Gratitude Bell behind the Budhist Pagoda. A bit of a uphill walk but well worth it. Do climb the hill near the Gratitude Bell. The views are worth the walk up the hillock

However avoid The Karma restaurant on the Ground Floor. A total rip off. Portion are smalls and the items are priced high. We ordered five dishes for four of us and were given only one dish and had to wait over half an hour for the other dishes and the soups were cold by then. The Wonton soup was insipid and cold.

Better try the restaurant on the second floor. Seating in the restaurant on the second floor is limited and the timings are only from 1:30 to 2:30pm so make sure you reach on time. At all cost avoid the Karma Restaurant on the ground floor
Written 13 June 2021
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Gaynor C
7 contributions
Interesting place
May 2021 • Couples
This is a must to see so majestic and grounds are lovely but not good on weekends too many people especially in the cafe.Be mindful of rules for attire though.We have been before and it’s a nice spot to visit again but not a good idea Sunday.
Written 18 May 2021
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Rani S
5 contributions
Dead energy, commercialised, horrible staff, racist.
Apr 2021 • Friends
The vibe is dead the second you walk in. Everybody is pushing you to buy things, or sign up for things. They are so persistent and nagging, it made us so uncomfortable . I was kicked out twice for wearing this dress, even after I adjusted it to cover my shoulders as you can see in this photo. I asked the old lady what was wrong With my dress, Because I was confused, she couldn’t answer me. she just pointed at my face and said “please don’t come”. They let other people enter showing much more Shoulders, I guess they pick and choose who they like, or who they think they can scam into buying a scarf which is see through anyway. Also, I came with a Fijian friend and she felt constantly monitored in the souvenir stores. I’ve heard this place was more genuine in the past years, hopefully one day it can get back to that.
Written 5 April 2021
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Shane T
Sydney, Australia723 contributions
Nice but not out of this world.
Feb 2021
Nice place to visit if you got some free time to see how the Buddhist religion have their temples.
My wife is Vietnamese so it was better for her to visit and she could pray. (Hopefully for me). She did have a pair of hot pants on which is not allowed but for $8 we bought her a sarong to cover.
Nothing much more to do than have a little stroll.
Written 7 February 2021
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wlar0cca
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Nice location but nothing to do here
Jan 2021 • Family
Nothing special here, we spoke to another couple who were wandering around aimlessly as there is no clue of what to do when you get here except to do just that.
Be aware you cannot go into the temple if you are wearing shorts or your shoulders are bared. I had a very modest top as it was a warm day but was told I had to purchase a scarf to go inside. My husband went in and apparently I didn’t miss much!! Ridiculous!
Written 20 January 2021
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thesydneytram
Sydney, Australia863 contributions
Largest Buddhist temple in Southern Hemisphere
Dec 2020
I always experience the calm and serenity whenever I visit Nan Tien temple. Whether or not you are Buddhist, you will have a wonderful experience here. The temple is surrounded by a beautiful garden with many trees and flowers. There are a tea house and a dining hall upstairs which cater to vegetarian food. Simply Zen.
Written 18 December 2020
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Sonya O
3 contributions
Step into another world
Oct 2020 • Family
The temple is beautiful and very interesting. Don’t forget to check out the little museum under the stairs and aim to get there when they do the gong. The vegetarian lunch is nice. I’ve also stayed for a weekend retreat which was really interesting introduction to Buddhism.
Written 14 November 2020
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