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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Description: The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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A real monastery...

Unlike some of the other cultural attractions, this is a real monastery being used. We happened to be there late afternoon with prayers in session. Really amazing thing to watch... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Ann Arbor, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Unlike some of the other cultural attractions, this is a real monastery being used. We happened to be there late afternoon with prayers in session. Really amazing thing to watch. There is quite a climb up some steep stairs but once on site, it is not large. The overall complex is big if you wish to wonder around the campus.... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We paid a visit to this Monastery during our recent stay at Shangri-la. Our hotel is right behind this monastery and offers a complete view from the back. Quite impressive with the shining gold plastering. We bought the entrance tickets at our hotel which gave us a nice discount. Your tickets include a guided tour. Of course, you can opt... More 

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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The first sight of the Sumtsaling Monastery is really grandiose across the sacred pond, the gilded roofs flashing in the sunshine atop powerful monasteries, all surrounded by Tibetan style housing. Steep staircase if one takes the main entrance and there is a longer but much easier access taking the road on the left and entering the site from just behind... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Loved looking round this huge monastery. Really culturally interesting and unlike anything I had experienced. There are a lot of steps and the air is thinner (due to altitude) so take your time. It's opposite a lake and in the afternoon we walked round this and saw the monks practising blowing huge horns which gave an eerie sound over the... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We were at Dukezong Ancient Town when we met a Malaysian couple who told us that the public bus no. 3 could reach Songzanglin Monastery. We had taken the bus no.1 to visit the Ancient Town and bus no. 3 also ply along the route in the old town. We happened to see the bus and flagged it to stop... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

You have to be in decent shape to climb the 120+ stairs to the top, but it's worth it! Beautiful view of surrounding mountains and lake. Several temples with huge statues and amazing architecture. We happened to be there at a once-a-year event: all the monks were having a special ceremony in one of the temples. We could hear them... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A magnificent monastery with structures of historical values. Ensure you cover every area in the monastery. There is a wall mural depicting the evolvement of Buddhism. Take a slow climb through stairs to the top for great scene views of surrounding areas.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

the monastery is an amazing place to spend few hours, if you can go int he morning it is even better as you can see the monks doing their daily jobs and reading. we got guides for our full tour in YunNan, and as every trip in China the guides have proven to be very helpful, not only for the... More 

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brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We stayed in the Songsam Retreat, so we had a good view of the monastery from our room. Really great to look at early in the morning. The guide we had was wonderful and we went through the monastery and she explained the way the monastery worked and the origins of Buddhism and their beliefs. Really interesting. We then visited... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Even though the Chinese gov't is charging high entry fee (more than 100rmb), Sumtsaling Monastery and surrounding environment is well worth a morning or afternoon. More than 700 monks make the expansive monastery their home. Really an amazing set of temples and structures. Recommend a walk around the lake and Xiaojiezi village as part of time in area.

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