9160 Steveston, Richmond, BC
Phone 604 274 2822
The International Buddhist Temple on Steveston Highway in Richmond is as close to the orient as you can get without traveling over seas. Large handicap parking spots allow quick access to the wheelchair accessible buildings and surrounding grounds. Follow brick paths and the invigorating smell of incense as you venture through the grounds of the International Buddhist Temple. Settle at worshiping areas or make a wish at the wishing well. The grounds are nearly as spectacular as the Chinese palatial architecture of the Kwan Yin Temple.
The temple allows wheelchair access to its main level. A wheelchair lift is still in the works, so hopefully visitors will soon have access to North America’s second largest Buddhist temple. Handicap washrooms are located on the main floor and provide reasonably sized stalls with raised toilet seats and grab bars. The washing area is very accessible with lowered soap dispensers, a wheel under sink and levered handles. Enjoy a traditional Chinese tea at wheelchair friendly tables inside the temple. A gradual ramp leads up to the mediation hall. Large traditional doors do not offer power entry, but doors will be opened by guides for visitors while enjoying a tour of the Kwan Yim Temple.
The International Buddhist Temple is open to public and is a great place to go for a calm relaxing look at traditional Chinese architecture. Tranquil gardens lined with bonsai trees offer a view of Chinese horticulture, and various statues allow experiences of spiritual enlightenment. To learn more about the International Buddhist Temple call (604) 274-2822 or just stop in.
Update July 2008 by Richmond Centre of Disability