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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 Monastery

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in the 1600's, this Tibetan Buddhist monastery is home to about 700 Buddhist monks. It is quite stunning to see when you are driving up to it. The site has magnificent architecture and is full of history. The main buildings have no doors but rather have thick yak skins are hung over the doorways. The 146 steps leading up... More 

Thank Bob H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first visit to an active monastery, and, while it was overshadowed by what I saw at monasteries and temples later in Lhasa, I enjoyed the walk about and watching the red-robed monks. Tip: buy the ticket and board the bus that takes you up to the temple, but ask the driver to stop by the entrance to... More 

Thank HaydenOpie
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was cool to see this, mostly because the view if the mountain and the area around. You should maybe get a english speaking guide, we didnt do that and maybe therefor i was not that impressed. Cool photos to show the people home tho

Thank Kenan N
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

our guide told us '2 hours' and we said 'far to long' but 2 hours was not long enough at all... over 1,000 photos later a lovely walk around .... well organised by the local government

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To us, this monastery seemed as though it's more interested in the money it can bring in than the essence of Buddhism. Sure it had great architecture with lots of flashy colours and gold painting. Monks with Nikes, IPhone, BMW's, gold watches - just didn't do it for us. The views here were pretty good, but there are smaller monasteries... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From the ticket office you take a bus to the entrance (included in the ticket price). We only saw a few monks and the monks we saw were busy with tablets and smart phones so this was not really what we had expected to see. The buildings are beautifull and you can see this is a very rich monastery. Around... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

If you are interested in tibetan buddhism culture, Shangri-la is a good place to visit. Sumtsaling monastery is the biggest monastery in Yunnan, well organized by the local people. The ticket is included the bus and a guide, one of the guides was very interesting, not so aged but spoke wisely like an elder man. Take longer time to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Arrived and did the tour with a monk guide (included in the normal ticket). We may have gotten lucky, but our guide was funny, friendly, informative and efficient. Its a place that can handle a lot of visitors, so don't let the size of crowds put you off.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

It is located on a hill, about 15-20 minutes drive from Zhongdian, in a gated area. Once you arrive at the gate and buy the ticket, a bus will take you to the actual entrance. It is not only a monastery, but a big monastic complex that includes several monasteries, halls, libraries, separate living quarters for monks and for the... More 

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