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The International Buddhist Temple is known across North America as the most authentic model of traditional Chinese imperial-style architecture. Its structural magnificence is a unique combination of Eastern palatial or imperial construction (with porcelain roof tiles and flaring eaves) and Western technology (with concrete columns and steel frames).

As a sign of utmost respect to the Buddha's teachings, traditional Buddhist structures, such as those at the International Buddhist Temple, generally follow Northern imperial style. This style emphasizes architectural features once reserved for the Emperor of China. The imperial colour yellow, and the elaborate renderings of the Chinese dragons that symbolize the imperial regime, can be found on our roofs, beams, and pillars.

Buildings add to the visual impact with their expansive walls and roofs. The roofs are two-tiered, with traditional flared eaves, and are laid with a sea of golden yellow porcelain tiles. Like the Forbidden City, symmetry is an important element used throughout our temple grounds, with the exception of the classical Chinese garden. The garden is intentionally designed to mimic the spontaneous growth of nature.