The Tibetan Peace Garden
It’s fitting that the Tibetan Peace Garden sits in the shadow of the Imperial War Museum, since the garden’s design represents the importance of understanding between different cultures.
And you’d be forgiven for missing it; it’s pretty quiet here (like its name suggests) and there’s not so much as a note on the map to guide you to it.
Opened by the Dalai Lama in 1999, the garden is repleat in significance. The garden’s four structures — placed on a north, south, east, west axis — represent the four elements and the central Mandala (cast for the first time in bronze) is associated with world peace.
At the entrance sits the language pillar, which holds a message for the millennium from the Dalai Lama.
As you might have guessed looking at these photos, my trip to the Tibetan Peace Garden was a very autumnal one. The sun was setting behind the Imperial War Museum on an early Sunday evening and it was lovely to sit here for a while, with only the leaves, the background noise and my camera for company.
Follow your trip to the garden with a reminder of why it was created at the Imperial War Museum, walk towards the river to the Florence Nightingale Museum or further out to Kennington Park. I can’t wait to explore more of what Southwark and Lambeth has to offer, and the Tibetan Peace Garden was the perfect introduction.
Opening times: 10am-6pm Monday-Sunday
Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle
More information: Tibet Foundation website