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Ganden Monastery

Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Ganden Monastery, also known as Ganden Namgyeling, is one of the three great Gelug university monasteries (the other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery) of Tibet, China. It was constructed in 1409 near Lhasa by the founder of the Gelug order, Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa. Back in 1958, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, took his last degree examination here. However, Ganden was destroyed after 1959, right now it has been partially rebuilt. Right now, there are several major constructions in the monastery, namely, the Lagyi Hall, Chitokang, Yangbagyain Hall, Xaze, Jamze Zhacang Buddhist Colleges and kamcuns and Myicuns. The Lagyi Hall is a 3-storey building. And it takes up 2,000 square meters and can contain 3,000 people at the same time.
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Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came to Tibet with a private customized tour, perfectly organized and prepared by China Highlights. China Highlights also obtained my Tibet Travel Permit before arriving at Lhasa. I was very fortunate to have Daniel during my 7-day trip to Tibet as my personal guide....More

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Reviewed April 21, 2018

The situation of the Ganden Monastery is amazing, it's a must see! Inside, it looks like a small city. The temples are beautiful.

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Reviewed January 28, 2018

Previously more than 4500 monks practice buddhism and after the cultural revolution, the monastery was destroyed and have been rebuilt and currently around 450 monks reside and practices buddhism and the monastery is controlled by ganden tripa . You will love it as a half...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2017

Most rooms were locked. it is nice to see from far but as we got there we were able to see very little. the visit was short

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Reviewed July 17, 2017

Another great stop on our journey across former Tibet, the views from Ganden are spectacular. This was a bit our side of town but worth the visit if you have time. Great photos opps.

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Reviewed July 9, 2017

The view from the outside is quite spectacular and the location amazing. Inside it is nice, but if you have already seen the Potala Palace you will not be impressed that much. Not a definite "must see", but quite near there.

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Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

It's important to note most of it was destructed during the revolution and rebuilt in 1985. Some ruins are original but most of it is new. The temple is great to visit anyway. They sell cool souvenirs you can't find anywhere else at very good...More

Thank Antoni P
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Reviewed June 12, 2017

This monastery is a fine example of ancient Tibetan university it has produced numerous Buddhist scholars and has kept alive the ancient Buddhist wisdom.

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Reviewed June 9, 2017

This monastery is not usually on the short list of those visited near Lhasa, but if you have an extra day or two it is worth a visit. For one thing, it charges a reasonable price to take photos inside the temples and there were...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2017

It is a good hours drive from Lhasa so you see some of the expanding city plus the countryside . Once at the Monastery you can opt for the walk around the hill top, but be aware it is more like a trek than a...More

Thank Scott A
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Andrei L
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Response from richard k | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so - but i am not sure. Also there would be an inevitable language barrier.
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Jervis59
June 29, 2016|
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Response from lous652 | Reviewed this property |
Hard to answer, since I was only at Ganden Monastery. Drak Yerpa sounds interesting, but not much that I can say about the comparison. Let your sense of adventure be your guide.
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