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Ganden Monastery

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Address: Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Located only 45 kilometers to the east of Lhasa, this is the first Gelugpa...

Located only 45 kilometers to the east of Lhasa, this is the first Gelugpa monastery in Tibet, which was founded in 1409 by the great master Tsongkhapa.

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Excellent! Do the kora (45 minutes - 1 hour) if you can!

I wish more people came here - and then again, maybe I don't. There were very few travelers when we were there, allowing us to explore and soak in the atmosphere without being... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wish more people came here - and then again, maybe I don't. There were very few travelers when we were there, allowing us to explore and soak in the atmosphere without being pushed around by other tourists. A very large monastery, with the opportunity to hike around it on a 45-60 minute kora. The road to the Ganden monastery... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Entirely reconstructed?, yes; still wonderful?, yes; worth visiting on a half day trip from Lhasa?, yes again. Another huge walled monastery with buildings newer and brighter compared to other religious complexes in Tibet. Don't miss the opportunity to trek the hill above the monastery for views of the other side (the river valley) before looping it back to the monastery.... More 

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

10 000 monks some 30 years ago, only 800 today but we are no far away the Truth and the soul of Tibet. The trip from Lhasa ( 55km ) is interresting and if you can stop in a village do it. The people occupy the animals and all the walls are " decorated " with the yaks dung.. The... More 

West Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

We visited this monastery on our last full day in Lhasa. It's about an hour's drive from the city, first on the new expressway and then on a beautiful new road up the hill. The view from the road is itself breathtaking and we saw many yak along the higher points of the road. As usual, everything is uphill (both... More 

Thank Lou S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I came here for the Butter Lamp festival on December 5, 2015. It was a very holy day and many pilgrim come here to attend the festivities. The Ganden Monastery is one of the greatest monasteries in Tibet. It is about 40 km from Lhasa (about 35 minutes by car). The road is in very good condition. We arrived at... More 

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Lhasa, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

the Ganden Monastery is the one of the three monasteries of the Gelug sect (yellow sect).the other two are Drepung and sera monastery.But the Ganden monastery is the most important and beautiful located on the mountain around the altitude of 4200m. Inside you can see the greatest tibetan master Tsongkha's tomb and around the monastery you can trek almost like... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Most people visit Drepung and Sera monasteries in Lhasa. Ganden is about a 90 minute drive outside the city, but very much worth it. It is set at the top of a (modest) mountain, which makes touring it and the surrounding scenery that much better. The monastery itself is like many other monasteries; it is Ganden's setting that differentiates it.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

The monastery is nothing exceptional, compared to others in Tibet, but there is a path around it (hence around the mountain since the monastery sits on top of it), about 1hours and not hard, with a quite breathtaking view. At 4200m, it is good way to test your adaptation to altitude before climbing to higher heights!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great scenic road to the monastery itself. great view on the LHASSA valley. inspiring. ask for the skyburial place - thriling!!!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The position made this monastery remarkable. the dramatic view of Wangbur mountain. the architecture was unbelievable. the monks was very friendly. a lots of religious activities there so please be respect.

Thank JRamadhan

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