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Sam Kee Building

8 Pender St W, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1R5, Canada
+1 604-669-7777
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Not worth the price of admission

Costed us $15 per person to tour the building. Instead of being able to see old pictures of the... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2018
Mr. John L
Vancouver, Canada
Since You Are In Chinatown Anyway...

...worth looking at, understanding the history of how this came about, and learning about one... read more

Reviewed 29 December 2017
Chris D
New Westminster, Canada
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8 Pender St W, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1R5, Canada
+1 604-669-7777
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Reviewed 1 January 2018

Costed us $15 per person to tour the building. Instead of being able to see old pictures of the how the building looked like, we toured a building that looked like nothing was preserved. Very sad. It seemed like we spent half of the time...More

Thank Mr. John L
Reviewed 29 December 2017

...worth looking at, understanding the history of how this came about, and learning about one person's successful fight against city hall. Advertised as "the skinniest building in the world", at about six feet, it probably is. If you are enjoying some of the many other...More

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 8 March 2017

This place has gotten some negative reviews for being nothing more than a narrow building. Ultimately it is true that there's little other claim to fame. But it's located in one of the most colorful parts of Vancouver's Chinatown (near the very ornate west entry...More

1  Thank Matt P
Reviewed 27 January 2017

This building is well worth the short short walk from the Steam Clock. It's unique status as the world's narrowest commercial building makes it an architectural wonder. We met Mr. Chow there through friends and took a tour. The mirrors, mural, lights and see through...More

Thank Sm00thtravel
Reviewed 16 November 2016

This is really a beautiful building on the inside and out. If you are fortunate enough to get Rod Chow as your guide, he will perform some outstanding magic tricks for you since he is an award-winning magician. Definitely recommended.

Thank Larry S
Reviewed 7 July 2016

The 100 foot underground " Lower Level " Extends Under the SideWalk GlassWalk above Brand New staircase down to an " Amazing 3D Blue heated carpeted 100 foot corridor 3D to + fro = both ways Terrific 3D experience! New Lighted '" Blu-Sky with natural...More

2  Thank Jack C
Reviewed 10 October 2015

Don’t blink, you’ll miss it☺ There’s nothing special about this edifice attached to another, larger building. Were it not for Ripley’s Believe It Or Not and Guinness Book of World Records, I doubt anyone other than locals would know of this. It’s a narrow building,...More

Thank DeanMurphy2020
Reviewed 6 June 2015

OK, yes it is impressive to have a narrow building. However, as it is attached to another building and the part that makes it narrow cannot be used, I wouldn't class this as a tourist attraction or even worth visiting. It looked run down and...More

1  Thank LeoCruiser
Reviewed 2 September 2013

After seeing the steam clock in Gastown we continued walking further towards Chinatown to locate the world,s smallest building and Yet-San Garden.We first reached garden but it was almost closing time so we quickly went in and after a while one of guard said it...More

1  Thank ashoksaxena99
Reviewed 18 February 2013

I thought this building was pretty cool. I love the history of it. Can't believe the city can do something like that, taking away most of your land to build a road... hope Sam Kee got adequate compensation back then. Being inside it reminds me...More

1  Thank TheRollingCanuck
With the recent exodus of massive new building
projects hitting the neighbourhood, Chinatown; which
has always been one of the city's most vibrant areas;
is even more buzzing and buoyant than ever before.
Playing host to some of the city's best pan-Asian
cuisine, from fusion food to traditional home-cooking,
Chinatown has remained faithful to its roots as a
space which clambers with shop signs and welcomes
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