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Ganden Monastery

Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Ranked #5 of 57 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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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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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Hong Kong, China
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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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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 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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Canyon Lake, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Though the monastery is very interesting and definitely worth the trip, the real selling point to this location is the view. After you're done looking around, head to the far end of the monastery, you should see some trails leading over the top of the hill. These trails take you to the other side of the mountain and to a... More

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

I traveled to the top of the mountain, higher than Lhasa to visit this monastery. I enjoyed the trip through the countryside and appreciated the great view and clean air.

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Maarsbergen, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

The Ganden is somewhat of a must-do on most group itineraries. It is close enough to Lhasa to visit on a day trip and far enough tpo feel quite remote. Ganden has seen some major changes over the last couple of years, amongst which the building of a massive Chinese police station right next to the main temple. They don't... More

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