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International Buddhist Temple
Modeled after Beijing's Forbidden City, this stunning complex blends tranquil gardens with intricate stonework, golden tiles, symbolic carvings, and ceramic murals. Most critics consider it the country's most exquisite example of traditional Chinese architecture. Also called the Guan Yin Temple, it sits on Steveston Highway in Richmond, 13 miles south of the city's core. Highlights include North America's largest Buddha Sakyamuni statue—a 35-foot masterpiece of camphor wood and gold leaf—along with the Siddhartha Gautama Pool, where nine white dragon sculptures spout water towards the sky. Swing by its Taste of Zen restaurant, open 11:30am to 3pm Wednesday–Sunday, for delicious vegetarian cuisine in return for a minimum donation of $18.
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9160 Steveston Hwy, Richmond, BC V7A 1M5, Canada
+1 604-274-2822