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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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Singapore, Singapore
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This place is awesome as you climb up the many steps. There are many history and meanings which only a guide can explain to you. there are regular guided tours in Chinese. Living on the grounds are monks whose abodes are built by their families. The most intense experience is found in the three Great darkened Halls with the huge... More

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Sichuan, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This sacred town sits in a wetland just behind a hill that divides the town from the main city. Inside the main buildings are all kinds of shrines, where you can pray to any of your favorite Buddhist deities. Views from the swamp are great, too. There's a board walk about one mile long with several places indicated for photos.... More

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Its a beautiful and majestic monastery .Can see the Tibetan art work and colors . The monks are smiling . The view is breathtaking . will be transported to a different place . don't know why its number 5 and the national park is number 1 which by the way sucks

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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14 helpful votes 14 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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Jakarta
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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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Shanghai
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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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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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
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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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49 helpful votes 49 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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