To celebrate the Lunar New Year and the start of the year of the dragon, I visited the Nan Hua Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit, which is approximately 100km from Sandton. The stalls which attracted so many hungry customers really did give me the impression that I was in Asia once again: toes were being stood on and people were elbowing past. But we all knew that we were there for the same reason and were somewhat pleased at the turnout. I ate vegetarian kimbap and my favorite dessert of patbingsu: shaved ice covered in stewed red beans, fresh or dried fruits and condensed milk. People were sitting on the lawns beneath their paper parasols, indulging in their buys, while others were burning joss sticks inside the temple and tying their wishes, which they had written on ribbons, onto the branches of the tree at the entrance of the temple.
The Nan Hua Buddhist Temple also offers meditation retreats and the dining hall is open for lunch each Sunday from 12:00 until 13:00.
Nan Hua Buddhist Temple
Address: 27 Nan Hua Road, Cultura Park, Bronkhorstspruit