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Sumtsaling Monastery

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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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magnificent homage to tibetan buddhism

This magnificent group of buildings sits on a lovely little lake offering wonderful photographic possibilities.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This magnificent group of buildings sits on a lovely little lake offering wonderful photographic possibilities.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This was a definite place to go in our Shangri-la self drive itinerary . We drive to the caroark of the ticket office and boarded the bus from there. Maybe expectation was too high and we found less "Wow" than expected. Maybe being non Buddhist , we could not understand the temple in depth . We wandered about for 1... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Though you have to pay an entrance fee it's worth it. If you go there with a tourist group it's your own fault. We took the local bus line 3 for 2 RMB per ticket from the city center to the monastery which drops us of just in front of the ticket centre. There you by the tickets for the... More 

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

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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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Petaling Jaya, 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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