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International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple)

9160 Steveston Highway, Richmond, British Columbia V7A 1M5, Canada
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Ranked #3 of 31 attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Traveler Description: The International Buddhist Temple is a Chinese Buddhist temple and a charitable organization, run by the International Buddhist Society. There... more »
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Seattle, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

If you are interested in Buddhist culture, this is a great place to see amazing statues-both inside and outside the main temple. I was the only non-Asian but felt completely comfortable being there long enough to look at every statue.

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Osprey, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This large complex is well worth a visit. The temple gardens are beautiful with a hint of whimsy with ceramic bunnies and deer (which enthralled a young visitor while we were there). The interior is interesting with detailed wall murals, a reclining Buddha, other statuary as well as the amazing painting and woodworking on the buildings themselves. This is a... More

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Manila, Philippines
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Quiet place for a brief relaxing sight seeing, the bonsais , big budda are nice. Picture taking is discouraged. Vegetarian lunch available. No fees required. Stairs, easy for kids, manageable for seniors and physically challenged. Entirety Can be appreciated in half an hour.

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Richmond, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Whenever someone comes to Vancouver this is a must stop location. They're amazed with the facilities. It is calming and relaxing too. For westerners, it is hard to understand many if the symbols and statues, I wish there were some board with background information that would allow us to understand Buddhism better.

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Langley City, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

have driven by so many times, finally decided to explore this temple. It was beautiful inside the grounds. The buildings and statues were incredible. I would highly recommend seeing it. Not suitable for children running all over..

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

An excellent place to wander around and learn about the life of Buddhist monks. The smell of incense is wonderful and you can light a stick for rememberance of lost members of your family and friends.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

My wife loved this place so I give the four stars for her experience. The gardens, statues, and architecture are cool. Not much for kids though, my three boys were stir crazy... Can't really run around in there and there isn't much to do for them.

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Woodbridge, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I took the bus to the temple which dropped me right off in front of the temple. Beautiful place lots of people coming to worship, you can buy flowers and incense in the main temple. I arrived at lunch time so I had lunch in the Zen Garden which is on the ground floor behind the temple, good food, great... More

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Richmond, British Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This large complex is well worth an hour or two to explore. The temple interior is interesting and the very detailed wall murals outside will capture your interest while you check out the scenes depicted. I am not too familiar with the Buddhist religion or the customs so a bit of signage in English would have been helpful. But, don't... More

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

One cannot go to Richmond without visiting the temple, it's a gorgeous place very serene and calming.

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