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Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)

Sangye Town, Dranang County 850800, China
+86 893 736 2267
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Samye Monastery, Tibetan’s first monastery and first college, locates in Shannan Region. It was constructed by the King Trisong Detsen of the Tubo Kingdom, and the monastery was also presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava or Gulug Rinpoche. Detsen took part in the foundation ceremony and later he ordained seven descendants of blue blood to cultivate the monastery. They were called ‘Seven Enlighten Disciples of Samye’. Since then, Buddhism has widespread within Tibetan plateau. Samye was destroyed several times by civil war, fire and earthquakes respectively. Today, only partially of its original 108 buildings survive or have been rebuilt.
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Sangye Town, Dranang County 850800, China
+86 893 736 2267
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

This is an early royal monastery. It large and active. Although no photos are allowed inside, they are allowed on the upper walkways where there are beautiful painted panels. A feature of this place is the four stupas that stand at the corners of the...More

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
Reviewed 3 December 2016

One of the first monasteries we visited, and one of our favorites. One special was we arrived at the monks study time, so were able to observe all the ritual and sincerity of their beliefs and study. The monastery has huge history but is a...More

Thank Margot P
Reviewed 25 September 2016

This monastery is very big. The large main building is surrounded by four big stupas of different colours, the stupas are of Nepali influence. I happened to arrive on what seemed like a special day, as the villagers gather to repair/ build the monastery wall....More

Thank thanni999
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Another not often featured attraction on the fixed itineraries, but Samye was stunning in so many ways. The landscapes approaching Samye follow the big river, cutting through the barren mountains with prayer flags passes, crossing sand dunes and passing an occasional patch of green. The...More

Thank GoranWembley
Reviewed 20 September 2015

While this is a pilgrimage due to the need to register with the Chinese government it is worth the effort. The trip will take about 5 hours from Lhasa and you should plan to stay overnight at the Samye Monastery Hotel. There are the 4...More

1  Thank Julia M
Reviewed 4 July 2015

Loved this place....so exciting to go across the river, explore the monastery .....agghh..Dont miss Samye if you have time to visit.

Thank FionnaH_12
Reviewed 7 November 2014

I was there in September with a group of 12 people. We arrived in the early afternoon from Lhasa. We stayed one night in the Friendship Hostel, 50 m from the East Gate. We went to afternoon prayers. There was a group of Buddhist from...More

2  Thank Dillen_Fried
Reviewed 13 October 2014

This morning at prayers it was apparent how young all the monks are here. Even the head guy was under 30. The younger boys were hiding behind a wooden column and others kept peeping to see if the head man was still watching. A few...More

4  Thank Flipnchat
Reviewed 3 October 2014

Large monastery.Very nice. Some of the group also climbed Hipo Ri. Considered a power centre. Small town where cattle,sheep, dogs and cats wander the streets at will.

2  Thank CAT1952
Reviewed 30 August 2014

Samye is not a town that I particularly enjoyed staying in primarily as it was raining hard the entire stay and was very small with little going on. The monastery is well worth visiting, one day/one night here is ample. We had a chance to...More

Thank Albanoo
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