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Address: Basiba Road, Shigatse 857800, China
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A special and magic place

The architecture and the colours of the Tibetan houses are different to the rest of the area, the monastery itself huge and worth to see. A hidden treasure!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Munich, Germany
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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sakya Gompa is located approx 20 km off the National Highway 318 in a side valley. The whole area of the monastery as well as the surrounding town were recently renovated, freshly painted, partially reconstructed as well as furbished with new pavements. The town looks clean and inviting and even modern public toilets were built (also inside the monastery) which... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The architecture and the colours of the Tibetan houses are different to the rest of the area, the monastery itself huge and worth to see. A hidden treasure!

Thank Zwillingsseele
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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167 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This lies off the road between Shigatse and the point where the road divides, one branch to Kathmandu, the other to Ali and Kashgar. Sakya is the main monastery for the Sakyapa sect. It is a very impressive and imposing monastery with the striking colour scheme carrying over into the naeighbouring village/town. Visit the teaching institute over the road and... More 

Thank redskifreak
Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We opted to stay at the sakya, its off the freedom highway,its a large monestery built in 1268, different feature to other monesry,building ,its ash grey wth with white stripes. ,it's lost it charm As lots of construction all around ,monks quater is moved. As there is no forum to write re the friendship highway ,the highway is upgraded bends... More 

Thank pranjo49
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342 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

Sakya Monastery from the outside looks more like a fort or castle than a Monastery. It's historical association with China spared it from much of the destruction and vandalism that took place during the cultural revolution. The main temple is a massive structure with a number of chapels. For us the highlight of the visit was the library in the... More 

Thank Wilcoxm51
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

This is an ancient monastery with a rich history and heritage. Do take a guide or have someone give you the story behind the monastery and the various establishments around it.

Thank Samdave69
Lhasa, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

This is a very prominent monastery in Tibet which located away from big cities, it is in a small valley, in village, this monastery have different color and slightly different experiences from the most of the monasteries we visited in Lhasa, Shigatse and other parts.

Thank ExploreTibet-Sonam
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

The monastery is big. It has a number of chapels which are very interesting and the assembly hall is huge. I especially liked the section with manuscripts.

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Navi Mumbai, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

this is perhaps the only monastery in tibet to have black borders. beautiful inside, and lovely and serene views. there are a lot of rare artifacts there but the murals exposed to the elements are beginning to fade which is a pity as they are so beautiful. the ravages of time i guess. since the weather is still good ,... More 

Thank erica_mb_64
Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Sakya Monastery is yet another monastery not to be missed! It's quite different from all the other monasteries in Tibet and it's definitely worth visiting. After visiting the Assembly Hall, my group and I walked around the ramparts as the view was wonderful from up there. We were also lucky to experience the Harvest Festival, a genuine Tibetan celebration.

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