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“Serene and inspiring”

International Buddhist Society (Buddhist Temple)
Ranked #5 of 108 things to do in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Osprey, Florida
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168 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 395 helpful votes
“Serene and inspiring”
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 place of worship and we tread carefully around those who were leaving flowers or lighting incense as part of their religious experience.

Visited June 2014
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Manila, Philippines
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73 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“good for a whistle stop”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Richmond, Canada
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73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Must visit this place.”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Langley City, Canada
2 reviews
“A feast for the eyes and soul”
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..

Visited April 2014
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Richmond, Canada
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Buddhist Temple”
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.

Visited March 2014
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