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Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

Northwest of the County, Gyangze County 857400, China
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is probably one of the only sites to visit in Gyantse. The stupa has many temples inside it and for a nominal fee you can take your camera with you. The carvings are intricate and very photogenic. It also offers views of the city.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

This monastry is the main attraction in this area. Although much of the interior was not overly different from most of the other monastries we visited throughout Tibet, The exterior and surroundings are unique and make the visit a little bit more worthwhile. I do not think it is worth paying for the indoor phototography, you will get your best... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

It is well-known for its Kumbum, which has 108 chapels in its four floors.Take time to explore the multi-storied Kumbum Stupa, with many chapels filled with unique religious statues and murals on each floor. This monastery is located in Gyantse, about 230 kilometers south of Lhasa in Southwest Tibet and 100 kilometers east of the Shigatse Prefecture, at the foot... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

The usual tourist route to the Everest Base Camp from Lhasa is to go via Gyantse and then onto Shigatse, as this "old road" compared to the newer Friendship Highway is much more scenic. One of the pluses in going to Gyantse is to visit the Palkhor Monastery complex, which also includes the magnificent Kumbum Stupa. Like most monasteries in... More

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Don't miss this complex. The buildings are fabulous, the Kumbum stupa a marvel, and the views from its upper structures are fantastic. And if you are into people-watching there are many devout pilgrims in traditional dress doing their kora. Very worthwhile. But just as interesting - to me at least - was the walk through the old part of town... More

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Really cool monastery surrounded by a great wall that follows the peaks of the surrounding hills. The kumbum itself is the main draw here, as I believe it is one of the largest stupas in Tibet. The monastery used to be much larger, but much of it was destroyed during the cultural revolution. What remains, however, is still impressive and... More

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Bacolod, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

On your way to Shigatse, be sure to stop here. The place is well preserved with the biggest Stupa structure in Tibet and 4 different sects on one place. The thing I loved about the place is that it is walled. As compared to most monasteries, this place had to build walls to protect itself. Also you can see a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

It is a great place and catches some of the atmosphere of times long, long ago. The Kumbum Stupa is such an experience. Take a good guide and get some explanations on all of the different chapels. It is just so interesting.

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shanghai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Perhaps it was the time of year (late October) but we found this site to be very peaceful compared with the temples in Lhasa and Shigatse. Home to 3 sects of Buddhism (Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa) the grounds are spacious and open due to many of the original buildings having been destroyed but the remaining structures, in particular the Kumbum... More

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

We climbed the beautiful and photogenic Kumbum Stupa and wandered the grounds of the monastery for quite some time, and were mesmerized by it all. There are wonderful photographic opportunities at every turn. The ruins of the Gyantse Dzong (fort) are clearly visible in the (not too distant) distance. The vibe there was quiet and peaceful, steeped in rich history... More

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