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International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple)

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Address: 9160 Steveston Highway, Richmond, British Columbia V7A 1M5, Canada
Phone Number: 604-274-2822
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: The International Buddhist Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples...
The International Buddhist Temple is one of the largest Buddhist temples in North America, housing the largest Buddhist statue on the continent and the largest Buddhist mural in the world.
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very commercialized establishment

Too many donation boxes. Every few steps you take, there is a donation box. Staff are not very friendly.

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
Joyce T
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Richmond, Canada
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Richmond, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Too many donation boxes. Every few steps you take, there is a donation box. Staff are not very friendly.

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Edmonton, Canada
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Nice enough, not a whole lot going on. The vegetarian restaurant closes around 3 pm so missed a chance to try it. Otherwise the grounds seem fine, but nothing outstanding.

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Richmond, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I took an out of town visitor on a sunny Sunday afternoon to see the temple. The grounds and the temple were beautiful. There are many signs asking visitors to be quiet, but the number of people using their cell phones was ridiculous. The loud talking by the people working there was very noticeable. Perhaps the staff could enforce the... More 

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Vancouver
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134 reviews 134 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

A very peaceful and relaxing place to visit. Lovely statues, beautiful gardens and a great meditation class is offered along with Buddhist teachings

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Calgary, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We toured the Temple grounds and found it very quiet and peaceful. The large grounds and buildings and unique architecture are very interesting to walk around at. This is one of our favorite places to visit whenever we are in the area.

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Springfield, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It was definitely a wise choice coming here. As someone who has been Buddhist for over three years now, this place is a jewel. It was fascinating to find a temple in canada that so beautifully mimics buddhist temples (albeit i found this one to be better conserved and clean than the ones I have visited in my humble opinion!).... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Fabulous architecture, beautiful grounds, friendly people and calming atmosphere. A must see for visitors and residents of Richmond.

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Tennessee
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191 reviews 191 reviews
77 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

If you are Buddist, or have an interest is seeing what a Buddist temple looks like, this is worth a visit. Dress appropriately as this is a sacred place. The site was a lot smaller than we expected. There are a few water gardens and out buildings outside the temple grounds. Speakers play music as you enter the main entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The temple Was beautiful i visit the temple at August 8 2014 I was very facinated I am 12 years old i enjoy your dharma talks amitoufo

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Seattle, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Easily accessible, ...however, one has to be care when travelling westbound on Steveston. Making a left turn into the temple does pose a hazard to the vehicles behind you. Plenty of parking spots. Very peaceful and harmonious setting. The ambience is great for settling one's nerves. The temple also offers meditation classes, and vegetarian meals (select days). One can purchase... More 

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