Nan Hua Temple, Bronkhorstspruit

Nan Hua Temple is the largest Buddhist temple and seminary in Africa, and is situated in the Cultura Park suburb of Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa. It is the African headquarters of the Fo Guang Shan Order, covering over 600acre. Fo Guang Shan was established in 1967 by Venerable Master Hsing Yun, and is a Mahayana Chinese Buddhism monastic order. The Temple, like its mother order in Taiwan, follows the Linji Chan school of Buddhism as well as the Pure Land School.HistoryThe Temple can trace its roots back to 8 March 1992, when the Bronkhorstspruit City Council, under its chief executive and former church minister, Dr Hennie Senekal, who had previously visited Taiwan to promote investment opportunities in his town, donated six hectares of land to the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order for a Chinese Buddhist cultural and educational complex.The Fo Guang Shan Religious Affairs Committee subsequently sent Venerable Hui Li to be the founding abbot of the temple, whose main aim is to promote Buddhism on the African continent. Construction began in October 1992; the eventual cost of the temple complex was sixty million South African rand.
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  • So peaceful and makes you think about life and humanity. On Sundays they offer a vegetarian lunch in the green building from 12h00 - 12h45 R30 pp well worth it as you get to taste different vegetarian...  more »
  • I went to Nan Hua Temple this weekend with a friend and we had a great time. The temple isn’t too far from Pretoria East and the route consists of nice roads that aren’t too busy (N4 and R25 east). Th...  more »
  • Only went for the Chinese New Year celebration but it was a lot if fun. Highly recommend for everyone. Food was tasty, and the opening ceremony was very cool. Dragon dance and all. Main temple is beautiful and peaceful. If there is some sort of event going on I'd highly recommend.
  • A beautifully tranquil temple, very well looked after with very friendly staff. We really enjoyed our visit. We got there just in time to catch the Sunday tour. We got to see the shrines and told about the history of Buddhism in the various where it is practiced. We were even allowed to take pictures of the shrines mainly because we were on the tour :) When you step into that place, it feels as though you've actually left SA and are in Asia, lol! Lovely experience. We're looking forward to attending the Chinese New Year celebration :)
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