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Sumtsaling Monastery

Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We followed the many recommendations here on TA to take the 40 minute walk on the wooden trail around the lake. Although the sun was hot, we were happy doing it because it allowed us to take beautiful pictures of the whole golden roof monastery including its perfect reflections on the lake surrounded by lush green plants and swimming ducks... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

As many other scenic area in china, we must buy a steep price to see it. We must go to the monastery by bus. The journey is only 5 mnt.the best photo shoot you could get is from the bus stop and from the right small street after the gate. You could climb to the roof top of the monastery... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The restoration at the Monastery Proper is complete at this point and well done. There is still some light construction at the lower levels. The place and the view from the top are great, not to be missed if you are in Shangri La.

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Shanghai, China
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132 reviews 132 reviews
47 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

At the centre of a small village is the historical Songzanlin Si Monastery. The Monastery is dated back to 1679 and situated 3.300 meters above sea level. Although not easy to climb up the hundreds of steps to get to the top where all the monks are situated.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We had a fabulous trip to the monastery, it was really brought to life by our guide who we had hired for 2 days. He was a Tibetan and was great at explaining the religion, monastery and temples to us. I'm not sure if it would have been quite as enjoyable with only the guides provided by the attraction...

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Singapore, Singapore
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It's quite accessible from the ancient town. There're plenty of construction and restoration works going on in the complex so it's a bit messy. Alright for a stroll but it's not a fantastic location. The temple at the Ancient Town is much more worth it. There're plenty of locals who live around inside the temple complex and it's interesting to... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
31 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This monastery was built by the 5th Dalai Lama over 300 years ago and was once one of the most significant centres of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet. In recent years and after decades of neglect, this complex of academic halls, residences, temples and religious libraries is slowly being restored and young men are again being sent by their families to... More

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Bregenz, Austria
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Very beautiful Tibetan monastery on top of a small mountain with a nice lake below. Monastery is still being renovated in parts, but majority of temples is in very good shape with golden roofs and colorful windows or doors. Definitely worth a visit and spend some hours inside the main monastery complex or additionally walk around the lake to get... More

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Malacca, Malaysia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I visited this monastery in early May. The hotel which I was staying MGallery Songtsam has special arrangement with the monastery whereby guests of the hotel pay a discounted price for the entrance fee. The hike from the hotel to the monastery (back entrance) is rather enjoyable. I enjoyed the walk more than the monastery itself. If not for the... More

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122 reviews 122 reviews
16 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

I was very disappointed at the materialism displayed at this monastery. I understand the Chinese have injected large sums to turn it into a tourist money making machine, indeed my understanding is they managed the car park/entrance fees. During my time there, I saw many affluent monks riding expensive motor bikes. Although the biggest monastery, with beautiful restoration taking place,... More

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