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Sumtsaling Monastery

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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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08:30 - 17:30
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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Take bus 3 from the town. It will stop at the ticketoffice were you need to buy your ticket. Then you will be transported with a touristbus to the monastery. On the way back you... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take bus 3 from the town. It will stop at the ticketoffice were you need to buy your ticket. Then you will be transported with a touristbus to the monastery. On the way back you can take bus 3 directly, because it continues for locals. 1 yuan for the bus. Try to go up to the roof from the building... More 

Thank Deepak1962
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful architecture and landscape. But the ticket price quite expansive. Anyway this place is the must if you visit Shangri-La. "from Shangdi-la old town take bus no.3" it's almost the last stop, the officer will ask you to get off to buy the ticket > then take the free shuttle bus to the monastery. *Dont forget to go to the... More 

Thank Sarocha S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visit this temple on the last week of October. At that time there were not many people. You can take bus no.3 from the bus stop near the northern exit of Shangri-la old town. The bus fee is just 2 RMB. This bus is going to stop at the first entrance of the temple. Then the police officers will... More 

Thank Apisak J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The sacred, solemn palace with stunning and peaceful view, where you must be there once in your life. Sumtsaling Monastery is located in Shangri-la, Yunnan Province, China. The temple which shows a great religious of Tibetan, like a second Potala Palace. Although getting there is not that convenient but the view and people there are really impressed me. The entrance... More 

Thank Bell Y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice tibetan buddhist monastery, where you a chance to experience in a way, the local buddhist culture. To access you have to pay entrance fee and our guide mention that inside the buildings, everywhere where the sun does reach was forbidden to take photos. Advisable to move slowly due to the altitude sickness.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the entrance fees is expensive but it is worth to visit especially Buddhist. i feel splitting headache due to 3800 altitude. that's the reason for me to walk slowly, just walk like a meditated monk, to experience the peace on mind, the slow step movement and enjoy it. there will be a free mandarin tour guy every hour to explain... More 

Thank louise l
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a long trek, take some time to catch your breath. The monks were probably in retreat then, so not many quarters were open. The main shrine with its massive image of the patron was impressive. Take a look at the kitchens for a feel for what it's like to cook without gas! Beautiful murals all over.

Thank HansiZhai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The monastery entrance fee is relatively expensive, but for anyone who has an interest in Tibetan Buddhism but has not been (or does not intend to go) to the Potala in Lhasa, Sumtsaling Monastery offers a chance to get a glimpse of what the Potala would offer (although of course it does not have the weight of history of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Even though I had a splitting headache (from the altitude), I loved visiting this monastery. The key is to take your time and hang out and absorb the atmosphere. I was with a group of people. Even though we each explored on our own, several of us got to meet monks and our experiences were enriched by those meetings (even... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful colorful momentary.. you should buy a ticket and than take a bus ride that bring you till the entrance. There are few tens of steps up to the temple's area and all are very impressive to walk around and see the statues and colorful flags around.

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