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Fo Guang Shan Melbourne

With cool marble floors and high ceilings, this tea house is run by the Fo Guang Shan Buddhists, who provide drinks and vegetarian dishes based on recipes designed in the kitchen of the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple in the Illawarra, New South Wales. Next to the restaurant is a Buddhist temple available to the public for meditation practice – everyone's welcome, but take care not to disturb people. Melbourne.

Pioneer Women’s Memorial Park

This garden cut into the side of a hill in the Domain Parklands commemorates the pioneer women’s contribution to the fledgling city. The sunken grounds have a secluded feel, made all the more impressive by the blue-tiled grotto centrepiece (pictured). The careful symmetry and the wide grassed areas are an invitation to choose the perfect corner to sit and listen to the water rushing past. Melbourne.

The Mingary

This non-denominational space, adjoined to St Michael’s Church on Collins Street, is designed as a contemplative place for workers, tourists and the plain beat to sit and have a moment of repose. The Mingary does not contain any religious imagery or art, choosing instead a simple pale interior, complemented with a sky light and abstract art for you to make of it what you will. Melbourne.

JFK Memorial Park

He was one of the most famous and recognisable people in modern history, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that all around the world JFK Memorials are places of peace and reflection. Located in the Treasury Gardens, the Victorian Memorial to John F Kennedy was constructed in 1965. Far from being just a constructed garden, the surrounding lake here dates back to 1867, giving the area a sense of natural beauty as well. East Melbourne.

Updated on 19 Feb 2014.

By Holly Hutchinson   |   Photos by Graham Denholm (Pioneer Women's Memorial Park)
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