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Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

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Address: Northwest of the County, Gyangze County 857400, China
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Built in 1414, this monastery consists of 17 Dratsang (colleges) that...

Built in 1414, this monastery consists of 17 Dratsang (colleges) that belong to the three sects of Sagya, Kadam and Gelug. Palkhor also has the spectacular Bodhi stupa, or Kumbum in Tibetan, which was built in 1412.

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Under renovation.

Well worth the visit. The inside of the Monastery is similar to others but the Stupha is currently the highest in Tibet. The big attraction is the surrounding fort and its... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 6, 2016
Alex A
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Well worth the visit. The inside of the Monastery is similar to others but the Stupha is currently the highest in Tibet. The big attraction is the surrounding fort and its history. It is currently being renovated.

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

Since you came that far, it is impossible not to visit "Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa"! The town of Gyantse, in the mountains of Tibet, is nearly at 4.000m above sea level, what means a lot to those not used to high altitudes. Take it easy, move around slowly, and visit the monastery and the pagoda type stupa, which were... More 

Thank LuizDutraNeto
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Very ell preserved. Wonderful magnificence and art. Pretty tall and has a magnificent view of the countryside.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Nothing spectacular. If you've seen two monastery's in Tibet that's enough. Lots of stairs, and stray dogs.

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Right before Shigatse you will pass the monastery and the Stupa, which are amazing and very special.

Thank Zwillingsseele
Washington DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Not the most spectacular among many monasteries in the region. It's advantage is that (at the time of this writing) it is nor part of the tours offered to the Chinese, and therefore not crowded at all

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Middle Park, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

A good place to stop by on the way to Shigatse. The stupa is currently having construction work being done to it. So while it is not great for photos, the construction workers were singing which made for great entertainment. Not a must-see in Tibet, but worth dropping in to see.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Stopped by on our way to Shigatse from Yamdrok Lake. You will see the white walled Gyantse Fort as you approach the monastery. Inside the compound, there is the tiered Kumbum stupa which was under maintenance at the time. The stupa is supposed to be quite unusual in design and I must say I have not seen a design like... More 

Thank Tantiko
Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

After visiting very busy monasteries and temples in Lhasa, we really enjoyed the quietness of this place. For the first time we were able to take it slow inside and have a closer look at everything. This monastery would need some renovation. You can still see the bullet shots from the time when the Brits came in. It was have... More 

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is very impressive. Unfortunately undergoing a lot of renovation so not able to see all of it. Well worth a visit

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