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“Temple in the Clouds”
Review of Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery
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Ranked #7 of 90 things to do in Lhasa
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Owner description: Ganden Monastery, also known as Ganden Namgyeling, is one of the three great Gelug university monasteries (the other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery) of Tibet, China. It was constructed in 1409 near Lhasa by the founder of the Gelug order, Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa. Back in 1958, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, took his last degree examination here. However, Ganden was destroyed after 1959, right now it has been partially rebuilt. Right now, there are several major constructions in the monastery, namely, the Lagyi Hall, Chitokang, Yangbagyain Hall, Xaze, Jamze Zhacang Buddhist Colleges and kamcuns and Myicuns. The Lagyi Hall is a 3-storey building. And it takes up 2,000 square meters and can contain 3,000 people at the same time.
Reviewed 1 June 2014

The 90 minute drive from Lhasa was incredible traveling along dry river beds and up switchback roads to the +/- 12,000foot high mountain monastery. It was amazing to see how the monks of today live in this remote/isolated environment that includes prayer/meeting halls, dormitories, throne rooms, chapels, shrines and classrooms. The separate, cliff -hugging meditation cave where monks would spend 3 years, 3 months and 3 days in complete solitude was humbling.

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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Don't miss climbing and going around the mountain at the back of the temple complex. This is the most breath-taking view of all of Lhasa. Five stars!!!

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Reviewed 1 February 2014

I wasn't particularly enthralled with ganden monastery, although I believe it is one of the most sacred and important ones out there. The setting on a mountaintop is quite unique - surrounded by a barren dusty village overlooking lush green mountains created an interesting contrast.

I found the burial area on the top of the mountain to be the most interesting aspect, where they literally feed the dead bodies to the vultures for lack of burial space.

RMB45 per person entrance

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Reviewed 14 December 2013

If you get up to this monastery, you will see some amazing views. It is reached by a long drive up a curving road. You might be able to see monks playing the long horns. The instruments reminded me of Switzerland and the horns they play in the mountains there.

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Reviewed 21 August 2013

Excellent view, few tourists, relaxed visit. Much better than other monasteries. Worth the trip. You'll enjoy the landscape as much as the place.

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