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Mahayana Buddhist Temple

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Address: 133 Canal St, New York City, NY 10002-5033
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08:00 - 18:00
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Largest Budda in New York

Interested in seeing the largest Budda in New York City? It is a little hard to find but it very close to the entrance to the bridge. The temple is small and filled with all... read more

Reviewed 18 September 2016
Louisville, Kentucky
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the largest temples around New York City, if not the largest. Colorful, peaceful! A can't miss in Chinatown!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Interested in seeing the largest Budda in New York City? It is a little hard to find but it very close to the entrance to the bridge. The temple is small and filled with all types of fruit. It is an attraction worth stopping by if you are close to it. It is not too far probably about a mile... More 

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Charlotte, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 June 2016

While taking a tour of Chinatown with my family we stopped by this temple as it was on the tour. We've been to China before so this wasn't that unusual to see. But my kids liked seeing the 16 foot Buddha as well as getting a $1 fortune. We enjoyed the quick break from the long walking but were in... More 

Thank jesselodge
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2016

Across from the Manhattan Bridge in Chinatown is the very colorful Mahayana Buddhist Temple. The former site of a porn theater, it now serves the community as a temple offering chanting services and celebrating Buddha. In the entrance of the temple sits a large golden statue which, for $1, you can pick out a fortune from a bowl in front... More 

2 Thank PattyLongIsland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016

This was just a quick tourist stop as we walked around Chinatown. It's free to go in although you can make a $1 donation and choose your fortune. It's very colorful and peaceful inside. Worth a visit if you're touring the area

Thank Scott G
Fords, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

My boyfriend & I went here during the visit to Chinatown for the Year of the Red Fire Monkey (2/8/16). We've never been inside a Buddhist temple before. At first, it was so crowded in the front inside area where you can light incense (the people were very pushy), but once you get into the main worshipping area, it was... More 

2 Thank Denise L
Bury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2015

Nearby and looking for somewhere restful where you can just be calm and quiet for a few moments? The perfect place. My first time inside a Buddhist Temple. An experience I'll long remember. From the 16ft tall golden statue, to the chanting, to the incense burning in every corner of the building. Peacefulness in New York City!

Ridgewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 20 August 2015

The actual temple portion of this storefront in Chinatown is quite small, albeit colorful (especially the reds) and most people inside seemed to be there to visit with each other or purchase Buddhist oriented merchandise. Still, it is a nice place to visit if for no other reason to have a view on the diversity which is one of the... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2015

It was a quick tourist stop... only need about 20 minutes to check it out. The place is very peaceful and the woman who welcomed us was lovely... invited us to come in and walk around- (no fee- just donation if you like- $1 for a fortune). The temple is cool with large Buddha in main room and cute book... More 

1 Thank LawRockaway
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Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

My husband and I were doing our own walking tour of Chinatown and wanted to check out the temples we had read about, here and the Eastern States Buddhist Temple of America. This temple had a lot more to offer. The outside of the building it not the traditional temple style, it is a more modern brick built building. Inside... More 

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Bursting with an amazing array of sights, sounds, and smells on every block, a visit to Chinatown feels like entering a different world. It’s a colorful spectacle that gets even more crowded on weekends, when families stream in to enjoy huge dim sum feasts and to stock up at the markets on Mott Street. To take a break from the buzz, grab something sweet from one of the many bakeries in the area and head to Columbus Park, where many Chinatown residents exercise, play games, and chat the day away.
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