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Ganden Monastery

Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Ranked #4 of 56 Attractions in Lhasa
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Located only 45 kilometers to the east of Lhasa, this is the first Gelugpa monastery in Tibet, which was founded in 1409 by the great master Tsongkhapa.
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Singapore, Singapore
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This was my favorite monastery out of all the monasteries we visited in Tibet because of the fantastic views we managed to see while doing the kora around it. GETTING THERE Ganden Monastery lies on the outskirts of Lhasa, some 36km away from the city centre, and it also involves a fun drive up a very, VERY windy road. Be... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We were fortunate enough to have good weather for our visit and this is important given that the views are a special part of the trip. The drive there was of some interest as we drove out of Lhasa, seeing all the continuing construction. Generally, the countryside was attractive, that is apart from the bone jarring sections where we had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This monastery is set high up in the hills. It offers majestic views of the surrounding mountains and snow capped peaks. They even allow you to photograph the interior for a small fee. There is also an ancient hand operated printing press still in service printing scriptures daily.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

The drive up to Ganden Monastery is amazing. Have you ever seen clouds at eye level? Here you can do that. Make time to do the kora (walk around) around the Monastery. The views are fantastic, and it's peaceful without a ton of people. This was a highlight of my trip.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

enjoy the kora around monastery,or hike to the Waikuri hill if you are not short of breath. Local restaurant is lovely, you can meet locals and talk with them, very cheering ,welcoming atmosphere

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Rockhampton, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We have visited a few monastries around Lhasa on the tour so far, but this would have to be the best one so far. A 45 minute drive outside Lhasa, the road is a bit rough and winding, but well worth the trip. There is also a walking trail around the monastry, as well as a hill with prayer flags... More

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western australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Beautiful setting for a monastery, we had a bright blue sky for our visit and elected to do the Kora around the mountain, it was a good choice (despite our guide getting us lost) and allowed for amazing views. Arriving at the monastery through the back entrance we had a chance to witness a bit more than usual including the... More

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Milan, Lombardia, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I have to say I have been very lucky, because I've visited Ganden Monastry in a special day for Tibetan buddhists. In that day, indeed, the monastery exposed their huge tangka, a sort of big painting representing the Buddha of the future. So there were a lot of people waiting to see this great show. However the monastery is very... More

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Again another monastery that gives you a great feeling of discovery, the education system of the past can be seen here, now the monks can no longer teach which is a shame as they have so much to give.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

While on a ten week journey through Asia, we visited this monastery about an hours drive away from Lhasa. We were in Lhasa for four days to help with acclimating in order to go to the Mt Everest Base Camp which is at 17,060 feet/ 5,200 meters. Our guides took us here for a 1/2 day visit before returning to... More

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