Nan Tien Temple, known as 'Southern Paradise' is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. The temple focuses on the exchange of eastern and western cultures; the interchange of the traditional and the modern and also the adaptation with the local communities.
The temple has become a venue for religious study groups, school excursions and community group outings. It offers regular events such as meditation retreats, excursions and art and craft classes and is a place of attraction for Buddhists both locally and internationally.
The design concept for the building is comprised of linked 'pods' that perform as a mini campus embodying a collegiate atmosphere. The lotus flower was used as a metaphor for the design in which the 'pods' are linked by active bridges allowing for movement through the building to be a journey comprised of moments, destinations and thresholds.
Each year, more than a few hundred thousand visitors from all over the world visit Nan Tien Temple which plays an important role of propogating the Buddha Dharma and promoting the exchange and harmonization of the eastern and western cultures as well as all religions.