The magnificent Nan Hua Temple was built by the Taiwanese Buddhist community in South Africa and is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. It is located in Bronkhorstspruit (about one hour drive to the northeast of Johannesburg) and actually encompasses an entire suburb where the streets also have Chinese street names. The huge temple complex is elaborately decorated with giant golden Buddha statues, colourful gates and sculptures of Chinese dragons.
The temple has a regular programme of activities and meditation workshops and big celebrations are organised for major religious festivals and Chinese New Year. The temple also serves a vegetarian lunch on Sundays from 12:00-13:00.
Visitors are asked to show respect for this religious site by dressing appropriately (no mini skirts, vests etc).