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Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

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Address: Northwest of the County, Gyangze County 857400, China
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Description: Built in 1414, this monastery consists of 17 Dratsang (colleges) that...
Built in 1414, this monastery consists of 17 Dratsang (colleges) that belong to the three sects of Sagya, Kadam and Gelug. Palkhor also has the spectacular Bodhi stupa, or Kumbum in Tibetan, which was built in 1412.
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Stopped by on our way to Shigatse from Yamdrok Lake. You will see the white walled Gyantse Fort as you approach the monastery. Inside the compound, there is the tiered Kumbum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Stopped by on our way to Shigatse from Yamdrok Lake. You will see the white walled Gyantse Fort as you approach the monastery. Inside the compound, there is the tiered Kumbum stupa which was under maintenance at the time. The stupa is supposed to be quite unusual in design and I must say I have not seen a design like... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

After visiting very busy monasteries and temples in Lhasa, we really enjoyed the quietness of this place. For the first time we were able to take it slow inside and have a closer look at everything. This monastery would need some renovation. You can still see the bullet shots from the time when the Brits came in. It was have... More 

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is very impressive. Unfortunately undergoing a lot of renovation so not able to see all of it. Well worth a visit

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Scottsdale
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This is in a bad state of disrepair both outside and in and very poor compared to the others we have seen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This was a really beautiful monastery and stupa. We enjoyed the unmanufactured Tibetan surroundings and climbing the stupa very much.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Mixed feelings about this place...the exterior grounds are great and very picturesque. The interior of the monastery is not well maintained and the assembly hall was an empty room. As a result it had a wax museum feel to it, unfortunately. The little Buddhas inside the large Gyantse Kumbum were also not well maintained. The Kumbum appears to be slowly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Gyantse worth a visit in Tibet When you plan your trip to Tibet, make sure you include a visit to Gyantse which is on the southern road from Lhasa, once an ancient trade route between Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim and other areas. The highlight of a visit to Gyantse is the magnificent tiered Kumbum which has 77 chapels on 6 floors.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Probably the main attraction drawing people to Gyantze, but I actually liked wandering town and the view from the fort better, but this is an interesting site nonetheless.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

we visited at the end of a 2.5 week tour which included many of the big monastery's in Tibet. The main Monastery buildings are similar to those at the other big monasteries in Tibet but it was the Kumbum stupa with its hundreds of shrines which was the highlight for us. The Monastery is also surrounded by impressive walls and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We visited this place on 24th Sept, 2014 on our way from Shigatse to Yomdruk lake and this is about one hour drive from Shigatse. Early morning we reached this place and the main monastery was a pyramidal structure with several temples on one main building along the periphery and on several storeys. The lower storeys' Budhas and temples were... More 

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