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Chinese Cultural Centre

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Address: 191 1st Street SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 4M4, Canada
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+1 403-262-5071
09:00 - 21:00
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Gorgeous building modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, houses a...

Gorgeous building modeled after the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, houses a library, health center and an art gallery.

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The heart of Chinatown - even in winter

While everybody has a favourite shop or eatery or three in Chinatown, the Cultural Centre will always be its heart. It is a superb building on its own, worth the visit just to see... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 February 2017
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017

While everybody has a favourite shop or eatery or three in Chinatown, the Cultural Centre will always be its heart. It is a superb building on its own, worth the visit just to see the architecture and decoration. Although it is a living place (it has a daycare onsite, a travel agency, education rooms and programs, and a library and... More 

Thank BenLar137
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

There is 4 columns in this building each representing a season. The exterior blue tiles are made in China by the same company who produces the tiles for the temple of heaven ceiling in Beijing. To see this building is free. There is a small museum located in the basement . Admission charge $5 please check out the beautiful "tiger"... More 

Thank 5000traveller
Saskatoon,SK Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

We passed thru this place while enroute from Eau Claire Market to Chinatown. The building itself was pretty cool but not a lot to see or do for a Saturday. Just a passing photo op. Not sure why its on TA?

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Thank Saskheat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

I had the privilege of attending as a vendor at the many markets put on by the Chinese Cultural Centre. I was amazed at the diversity of the activities that were offered both free and a nominal cost. There were stage events, information all through out the centre and ongoing (hands-on) cultural activities. The Chinese Cultural Centre makes a real... More 

Thank Michael B
Monterrey, Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

You can go and have the picture in there of the building, but I think thats all, The people in there are not much friendly with the tourists, don't expect anything of them. Then go to chinatown two blocks from there if you want.

Thank SSSandyxoxo
Kitchener, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Beautiful building inside and out. The roof looked like there were some plants growing out of it, might be in need of some maintenance. It was very quiet when we were there and the museum was closed.

Thank xephris
Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

We have walked through numerous times for Chinese New Year & were guests at a Vietnamese wedding recently -it is a very beautiful building with lots of culture & history

Thank S_Leach
Palo Alto, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

We walked here to day on our walking tour of Chinatown. The building is striking from the outside and worth walking around. Inside, there was an arts and crafts fair which we paid $5 each to get into. Would do that again but we were unable to see any of the Chinese museum. Still, the building is beautiful!

Thank Marcia K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014 via mobile

The Chinese Cultural Centre is built by hiring engineers from China, copying as much as they could based on the Beijing's Temple of Heaven. Upon entering the structure, you'll be amazed by the intricate hand painting of the ceiling and the 4 pillars, filled with a lot of real gold leaf. This building is very busy, with weekly bookings of... More 

Thank Alvin C
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

We visited this neat centre as a family with our 3 children. We all enjoyed the displays and only wished there was more on display since we were having a great time!

Thank Amanda P

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