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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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Interesing place

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The visit to the monastery was interesting. A lot of different chapels with interesting art and statues - some writings were on display - it is well preserved and we learned a lot.

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gulf shores
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

My wife and I visited in October 2014. We stopped here on out trip from Lhasa to Shigatse. This was our destination Shigatse and we were ready to get out of the van. The entrance into this area is $9.60 USD per person. It was nice to walk around and see the Monastery and the Stupa. The weather was clear... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

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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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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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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