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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tashi N
Lhasa, China

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Lhasa, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Washington DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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!

Thank danvsy
Golan Heights
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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!!!

Thank Michal F
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
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I visited here in April 2012 (but that option is not available in the drop down!) as a full and enjoyable day-trip from Lhasa. The views were stunning from the kora, which also went past a sky burial site which had been used that morning, and the monastery interesting if also somewhat deserted. The only terrible aspect was the lavatories... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

The location is slightly on the cliff/mountain so the views are incredibly beautiful on a clear sunny day. do visit if you have time!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

beautifully located on a hill, well kept, overlooking interesting view on the valley below. as in other places in Tibet, it is best to avoid visiting the toilet

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This monastery is a two hour trek from Lhasa on the side of a mountain. It has beautiful views of the valley, is run by nuns and is a nice spot to spend part of a day. Lunch and tea are served at the Monastery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I think the views from the top of the mountain that overlook the monastery are worth the trip alone. Such a shame that most of this monastery got destroyed during the "peaceful" liberation of Tibet but a lot of work has gone into it's restoration. For any practicing Mahayana Buddhists visiting please note that unfortunately the controversial outlawed practice of... More 

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