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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

Due to current health concerns please note we are closed until further notice.

Located in the heart of Chinatown, this home garden offers serenity, history and great chi.  Modeled after private gardens in the city of Suzhou, China, the Garden embodies the Taoist philosophy of yin and yang, where every element-light, texture, vegetation - is balanced and symbolic. 

The architecture of the pavilions, covered walkways, terraces and viewing platforms evokes Ming Dynasty classical design.  Rocks and water are integral elements, while trees and plants, all have symbolic connotations.  Two of the Garden's most intiguing elements are the 43 leak windows (each one has a different lattice pattern) and the groupings of Tai Hu rocks, imported from China's Lake Tai.  Named the World's Top City Garden by National Geographic.


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This Friday at 2pm join Lam Wong and Glenn Lewis as they open the virtual doors of Luminous Garden. The weekly #ArtTalk welcomes the artists who created a space to investigate the concept of the #garden as a sanctuary for spiritual growth. A place to connect to nature and arouse enlightenment through contemplation and meditation. Register for free in Bio.
The Garden lights up with the thought of #welcoming you back soon! Because “happiness multiplies when you divide it with others”, we are working very hard to safely #reopen.
Our fourth #AsianHeritageMonth spotlight is on Roy Mah, a pillar of the #ChineseCanadian #community. Mah was born in @cityofedmonton in 1918, 33 years after the head tax on Chinese #immigrants had been approved through the Chinese Immigration Act. While growing up in @cityofvictoria and @cityofvancouver, he and the other members of the Chinese community faced many instances of racial #discrimination, including segregated seating in cinemas, separate schools, and the inability to swim in public swimming pools. Seeking #equality for his community, Mah served in the Canadian armed forces during WWII and encouraged hundreds of others to do the same, believing that wartime service by Chinese-Canadians would hasten the repeal of the Chinese Immigration Act and win them the right to #vote. In the early 1950s Roy Mah started the #Chinatown News, North America’s first English-language news magazine for the Chinese community. Stating “I always want to fight for a cause, especially for a just cause. Fight for civil #liberty, fight for equal rights, fight for a fairer #society”, Mah's editorials mostly featured stories about social issues such as the need to end discrimination. His pioneering and inspirational endeavours also led him to organize the first public celebration of Chinese New Year in Canada, in 1963. Founding President of the BC Ethnic Press Association, as well as a founding member of both the Chinese Cultural Centre and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, Roy Mah was also the first Chinese-Canadian to be admitted to the @CdnClubVan, and was a recipient of the Order of British Columbia. His life #inspires us to #transcend our differences, to stay #united, and to stand against #hate and #discrimination. Although Mah passed away in 2007 his #legacy is boundless, echoing in each act of #kindness and every #celebration of #inclusion. #bettertogether #DiversityisStrenght #diversityisourstrength #AHMCanada #AHMCanada2020 #virtualexplorasian
#Celebrate spaces of #contemplation, #meditation and #sanctuary. This show is a #virtualexhibition that may be enjoyed from anywhere in the #world. In addition, artists Lam Wong & Glenn Lewis will be hosting #arttalk to dive deeper into #LuminousGarden. Visit


Located downtown in Chinatown at the corner of Carrall & Keefer, near Stadium Sky Train.

From downtown, you can walk directly down Pender Street going East and you will find the Garden!

Hours and Dates of Operation

Spring: May 1st - June 14th: 10am-6pm
Summer: June 15th - Aug 31st: 9:30am-7pm
Fall: Sept 1st - Sept 30th: 10am-6pm
Winter: Oct 1st - April 30th: 10am-4pm

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Phone: 604.662.3207
Address: 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2

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