One hour drive from Sydney is a coastal city of Wollongong with many wonderful beaches and many tourist attractions. One of those tourist attractions is Nan Tien Temple. It is the largest temple complex in the Southern Hemisphere.
A visit to Wollongong without visiting the temple is a misfortune. This kind of temple is closely resembled the old Chinese imperial court in ancient Chinese. Usually the temple was commission by the king of the era and the king want to show the appreciation of the Dharma that he wanted the best for the Sangha (monks). So the monk resident is quite a resemble of the King's court.
The pagoda on the other hand is purely Buddhism building. It is usually store the ash of the deceased and the monks in the temple. Some people don't know about this fact. Please show your respect when you visit the temple as you never know what beings you have offended. In Buddhism we believe in rebirth and the goal of studying and applying the Buddha teachings is to break this endless cycle of birth and rebirth.
Some people think what is there to be scared about about birth and rebirth? Have you though that the ham that you have for breakfast is your mother in the your last life? Or wife you married right now is actually your great grand father? The dog that you love so deeply is actually your brother in the past live. How interesting is that or to be more precise...SCARY.