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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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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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Magnificent amongst wilderness

Very ell preserved. Wonderful magnificence and art. Pretty tall and has a magnificent view of the countryside.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2015
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Very ell preserved. Wonderful magnificence and art. Pretty tall and has a magnificent view of the countryside.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Nothing spectacular. If you've seen two monastery's in Tibet that's enough. Lots of stairs, and stray dogs.

Thank Denell1006
Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Right before Shigatse you will pass the monastery and the Stupa, which are amazing and very special.

Thank Zwillingsseele
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Not the most spectacular among many monasteries in the region. It's advantage is that (at the time of this writing) it is nor part of the tours offered to the Chinese, and therefore not crowded at all

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

A good place to stop by on the way to Shigatse. The stupa is currently having construction work being done to it. So while it is not great for photos, the construction workers were singing which made for great entertainment. Not a must-see in Tibet, but worth dropping in to see.

Thank geelongexpat
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

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 21, 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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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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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 21, 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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