Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)

Samye Monastery (Sangye Si), Dranang County

Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)

Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Samye Monastery, Tibetan’s first monastery and first college, locates in Shannan Region. It was constructed by the King Trisong Detsen of the Tubo Kingdom, and the monastery was also presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava or Gulug Rinpoche. Detsen took part in the foundation ceremony and later he ordained seven descendants of blue blood to cultivate the monastery. They were called ‘Seven Enlighten Disciples of Samye’. Since then, Buddhism has widespread within Tibetan plateau. Samye was destroyed several times by civil war, fire and earthquakes respectively. Today, only partially of its original 108 buildings survive or have been rebuilt.
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taitaimimi
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Beautiful and impressive!
May 2021 • Family
Huge monastery in a valley. It has a mixture of different styles and is very impressive and richly decorated. Some impressive wall paintings.
Written May 9, 2021
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arg02
Oslo, Norway480 contributions
A beautiful monastery, with lots of history
Oct 2019
If you are travelling in Tibet, you should take the opportunity to visite the Samye Monastery. The first buddhist monastery in Tibet, and the place where buddhism started in Tibet. Established in around 780, and restored and renovated, the monastery is really beautiful, and around 200 monks make it a lively place. Even the site, with mountains all around make the place worth visiting. Take the kora With fellow pilgrims.Travel permit is needed. You can get it via your agencie.
It's a 3 hours drive from Lhasa to Samye, but you should seriously consider staying there overnight, and include a visite to the Chim Puk Hermitage including a fine hike up to the caves and even up to the top of the peak (if you are acclimaticed). Bring water.
Written November 6, 2019
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jamlajatt
Solihull, UK65 contributions
Must see Monastery
Dec 2018 • Friends
You have to visit this, the oldest and first monastery. We are lucky to experience the chanting and praying over 2 hours and the Monitor or head monk blessed us and allowed us to video the whole event and have a picture with him. This is the monastery to visit, dating back to year 757 !
Written December 1, 2018
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John and Deb K
Karratha, Australia644 contributions
Peaceful
Sep 2018 • Couples
It's not easy as a westerner to visit - you need a guide, Tibet permit and alien pass to get these you need to visit the police headquarters in the nearby city, these passes are required due to the proximity of the boarders of India and Butan - just in case you decide to slip over the boarder! But if you are interested in tibetan culture it is worth the trip. The drive up there was lovely with amazing scenery of the Bramaputra River and prayer mountainThe monestry was built in the mid 8th century 775AD it is the first buddhist monsetry built in Tibet with the help of Indian Masters. Well worth it if you have the time.
Written October 9, 2018
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tibetanstravel
Lhasa, China100 contributions
the Tibet first monastery -Samye
May 2018
the Samye is located at the north bank of the Yarlung vally ,and which is one fe the Tibetan buddhist first monastery in Tibet , it is a long history in Tibet area
Written September 23, 2018
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Alok S
Cupertino, CA28 contributions
if you care about history of Tibet, Tibetan Buddhism or its ties to ancient India, this is a must visit place
Jul 2018
It is not easy to visit Samye monastery as a foreigner. You must have an "alien" pass in addition to the Tibet permit. You need to personally visit police headquarters of nearby county along with your tour guide to acquire this pass. Although it was finally a simple enough exercise, yet for the first time it comes across as intimidating.
This being our first travel outside of Lhasa was especially made special by the sight of Yarlung Tsangpo or Brahmaputra as it is called in India. This was our first time in our lifetime to see mighty Brahmaputra river in all its majesty. Samye is now easily accessible through road. In the pass it required a boat ride across Brahmaputra to visit the monastery.

Monastery itself was calm and had a serene experience about it. Burnt during cultural revolution, it has pretty much been revived to its former glory. It has three floors - each inspired by a different architecture - Chinese, Tibetan and the top floor being Indian. It has a nominally functioning restaurant with Ok food. We found local Tibetans playing a version of Indian chaupad game with loud voices and engaged mannerism.

The visitor traffic was mild, and one can visit Samye at leisure. While the ground floor is accessible to all, first and second floor require one to climb very steep stairs. Samye itself has many age-old Buddhist artifacts, statues, ornaments and a major collection of manuscripts.

At least a couple of Tibetan Lamas walked to us with a humble “Namaste” grateful for the undying cultural ties between Tibet and India.

Whenever I go back to Tibet, Samye is on my list of things to visit again. I still feel the calmness and serenity that radiated out of Samye.
Written September 6, 2018
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Keira Mason
boston3,111 contributions
Samye Chimpu and Samye Monastery- fantastic
Aug 2018
1.5 hr drive from Tsetang, Samye Chimpu is considered part of Samye Monastery and is 5 min drive apart. Chimpu is is the hermitage of the nuns and monks. Morning assembly hall with chanting, gongs, drums and long horns was fantastic. One hour uphill walk to visit many pf the multiplr monk meditation caves- which can be visited and are extremely interesting and special. Beautiful view of Yellow River which goes to India and countryside, from the top. Altho not listed separately in Tripadvisor, not to be missed, golden color stupa at top.
Samye Monastery, 5 min drive away-built in 8th century and first monastery in Tibet. Shaped like a mandala- a stupa of different color at each of the 4 angles . Beautiful stupa and artwork, statues in the multiple niches around the stupa. Samye had main building- multi levels, tibetan, chinese and indian style on each level.
Both are not to be missed
Written August 6, 2018
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tsai95862016
Orange County, CA480 contributions
Guru Rinpoche’s seal
Jun 2018 • Solo
As a Nynmapa’s disciple, visiting Semye Monastery is a must. And to obtain most protective icon seal by Guru Rinpoche is also a must! There is no other place to acquire this seal sampled on yellow string!
This monastery was build according by Guru Rinpoche when he first came in 7th century, and this was the first Tibetan monastery built!
Written July 28, 2018
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cep_9
Sask11 contributions
Ancient Monastery in Action
May 2018 • Friends
We visited Samye monastery for five days during our trip with Road to Tibet. Stayed at the Monastery Hotel right across the street which has adequate rooms and good bfast. The huge monastery is amazing with many brightly painted murals and Buddhas and many small temples around as a mandala. We could travel on day trips to other temples like Tsogyal Latso. Could have stayed longer.
Written July 11, 2018
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CHARLES D
Albuquerque, NM223 contributions
A day trip from Lhasa to Samye Monastery
May 2018 • Solo
A day trip from Lhasa to Samye Monastery, about 2 hours to the South of Lhasa is a great way to spend a day in Tibet, and to acclimatize yourself to the elevation of 15,000 feet, in preparation to a trip to the Himalaya and Everest Base Camp, which are much higher. China Highlights organized and prepared my entire 7-day trip to perfection, and they provided my Tibet Travel Permit. Daniel was my personal guide during the entire trip. He is really an outstanding guide, and a great leader and educator. Samye is so beautiful. Although it was destroyed several times, it was reconstructed to perfection, including every painting and wood-carving with all the details just like the temple used to be. A great way to spend a day in Tibet.
Written June 1, 2018
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