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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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Amazing monastery

One of my dreams is to see the Potala Monastery in Lhasa, after the visit of Sumtsaling Monastery I feel that dream is in part filled. Despite the fact that is amazing as u can... read more

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Biella, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my dreams is to see the Potala Monastery in Lhasa, after the visit of Sumtsaling Monastery I feel that dream is in part filled. Despite the fact that is amazing as u can read from the many comments here I would like to explain how to go there and how it works, since I read some comments telling... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Essential a must-do when you are in this region - this monastery is a good introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and prologue for your future travel to Tibet, Bhutan etc. (though each is probably different in each own right). However, similar to other attractions in most parts of China, admissions fees are steep.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

The Ganden Sumtseling Monastery (噶丹松贊林, also called Sumtseling Monastery) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located around 5 km (3.1 mi) from Shangri-La City at elevation 3,380 m (11,089 ft) in Yunnan province, China. The original monastery was built in 1679 but was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution by Mao's Red Guard. The one we see today was rebuilt in 1983.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We had a wonderful Tibetan guide who took us around the monastery and shared lots of information with us.It was well maintained, easy to access and very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

If you are in the area, you need to visit this monastery, although the entrance fee of almost US$ 20 is quite steep. Avoid the monastery if you have already extensively traveled in Tibet (such as Lhasa) or you know similar monasteries already from other places such as Nepal. Note that this is not quite a historic site, since the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 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 20 November 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016 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 16 November 2016

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

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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