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Ganden Monastery

Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Ranked #7 of 56 Attractions in Lhasa
Type: Religious Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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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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Houston, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our second full day in Lhasa, we made this trek. On the road there we truly realized "we weren't in Kansas anymore". You have to go to the "facilities"???-----there aren't any----just be mentally prepared! After this experience, the rest of the potty breaks in fields, near rocks, at high passes to Mt Everest Base Camp were no big deal. The... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I know it won't unseat the Potala Palace, but if a friend could go to only ONE religious site in Tibet, I would recommend Ganden. Where many of the others are dark, cramped and congested, the Ganden Monastery is airy, light, and spacious. This is very much related to its being well out of the city, downriver, at the very... More

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Took a trip out to Ganden and once we got there found that the trip was indeed worthwhile. Perched atop a mountain it sure is very majestic.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 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... More

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Taguig City, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 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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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 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... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 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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