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Sumtsaling Monastery

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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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Beautiful and large Monastery on the hill

For people who often go to temple maybe it's just another monastery, but for me who almost never seen one, it was beautiful and large Monastery.... I came in the afternoon and I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
AlbertNoers
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Manado, Indonesia
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Manado, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

For people who often go to temple maybe it's just another monastery, but for me who almost never seen one, it was beautiful and large Monastery.... I came in the afternoon and I was so happy to be able to take great photos of it...

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Chengdu, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in Shangri-La anyway, this place is worth a visit but, for me, I think it is pretty underwhelming - it's just another temple on a hill. The only difference with this one is that it costs 115rmb to enter - extremely expensive - and you spend a lot of time getting through an army of bored looking young... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Be prepared for a climb to the top - there are many stairs. It is very interesting to walk through the Monastery at the summit, and the view across the plain is worth the effort.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

To us, the Monastery was the highlight of the visit to Shangri-La. It was a long climb up many stairs to reach it, but it was worth the climb. It was large in comparison to other monasteries we had visited. And since it was a Buddhist Monastery, it was completely different than we would see in the West. The only... More 

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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

A beautiful, large monastery and lake, easy to get to from town and splendid in the sun! Definitely worth the money and the trip!

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Houthalen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Ths monastary is very easy to get to from the city of Shangri-La. I found it a bit expensive. The monastary is certainly amazing to see and to walk around in. Also the walk around the lake is quite nice to do. Time : Spend around 2 to 4 hours walking around. I think it is a certain MUST when... More 

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Beijing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Around 3:40 pm, 13 October, 2015, we leave the earthly paradise – Pudacuo, and drive up to the road back to the downtown of Shangri-la and then get to our today’s final stop – Ganden Sumtseling Monastery (Songzanlin Monastery). Located only 3 km north of the downtown, Ganden Sumtseling Monastery is not just a monastery, but a large monastic complex... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

One must be prepared to climb up a few hundred steps in the thin air to reach the entrance of this monastery. This monastery was big but if compared to the one in

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Lauchringen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

A visit to this Tibetian monastry located some 10 km from the town of Shangri-La is highly recommended. It takes you about half a day to see the most important parts. (And if the weather is fine, you can and should climb up to the roof of the main building (though the stairs are a bit difficult to encounter), because... More 

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Thank Horst S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Fortunately the Songzanlin monastery is a short walk from the the Songtsam Shangri-la Lodge, and our guide Tenzin was able to guide us through several of the halls which were all rebuilt in the 1980's. The monastery is situated on a hill so we had to climb quite a few stairs to get to the top, but once there, we... More 

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