Sumtsaling Monastery
Sumtsaling Monastery
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada7,272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
The Monastery alone is worth a trip to Shangri-La. Full of Tibetan style artwork and ornate Buddhist statues. Do get here early to avoid the crowds as it starts to get busy by 10 am. The English signs are very good in the area. It appears that hats are not allowed in some halls but I was unclear on the rules in some spots so I just took off my hat.

We got to the ticket office when it opened at 8:30 am and paid for the bus to take us up to the monastery area because Shangri-La was leaving us breathless. We spent about 1.5 hours going through the halls at a good pace and another 40 minutes going around the lake. A friend of ours spent more time climbing the nearby hills to get a better vantage but we would say 3 hours in the area is more than enough.

We walked back to the ticket office area and went into the Tibetan Expo Center. This is included with the ticket but it was a quick walk though as there are lots of interesting Tibetan pieces but not a lot of English signage to explain what we were looking at.

We got tickets with bus for 90 RMB each. The bus is not needed unless you find yourself seriously out of breath. They sell drinks and trinkets inside but they are marked up a bit.
Written July 30, 2021
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Gorgan
Florence, Italy122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Along with the iconic Potala Palace in Lhasa this is the most beautiful Tibetan monastery I have ever seen. All comments would be unnecessary. Just go there and you will say I am right. This complex is very big and it takes two or three hours to visit all its parts. This should be your very first destination while in Shangri-La. The entrance ticket amounts to 75 yuan. You can take bus number three from the city center to get there.
Written July 11, 2021
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Antonio L
Shanghai, China65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Maybe not as impresive as Llhasa, but still a very nice complex with different monasteries which have been built over the years. Some of the just new. It´s a must see in Shangri-La. Over 600 monks live in this monastery. You take a bus at the entrance which will take you in a few minutes to the site. If you feel like it, you could stop before so you can stroll around a small lake and see the views for further away.
Written August 22, 2020
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VeroCampovita
Yerba Buena, Argentina220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Well, because we couldnt reach to Lasa, we decided to go to see this Monastery. Despite we went with our baby boy carrying him all the way upstairs !!, it was an experience we will never forget. The monastery is absolutly gorgeus. I recomed to go when the gold statues of lambs, for instance, are shining because the photos will be better. The panoramic view you will have once u reach to the top is MAGNIFIC. The monks are not very friendly but, to see them praying is like u are inside a movie !! I do recomend extremaly this visit. I am very glad that i went there. Take a bottle of watter with you before going up !!
Written April 7, 2020
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Ailton007
Seattle, WA1,168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Dubbed "Little Potala Palace", this monastery has impressive architecture, is situated on top of a hill and very accessible. We drove there as part of our tour and it was easy to get around. Lots of cool photo ops and you will see plenty of Chinese (tourists and locals) dressed in traditional clothing. The mountains make for a great backdrop and the whole place feels very peaceful.
Written September 19, 2021
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JuanMao 卷毛
Shanghai, China75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
By bus num 3 you can go to the monastery complex, consisting of various buildings. It is nice to walk the kora with the locals. At about 11:30 the prayers are over, so better to be there before. Currently the lake in front of the monastery is under construction!! Normally you can walk around the lake. * due to the works, you have to walk a bit to the ticket office, the disembarkation point is also the departure point of the bus.
Written August 12, 2022
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Our hotel room had a perfect view of the Monastery to observe at sunrise, sunset and during the day. Our visit was thorough as we had a entrance fee as part of our hotel stay at the Songstam Hotel. Our guide provided in depth knowledge of the various building that make up the monastery.
Written February 24, 2020
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cabbages903
Singapore, Singapore23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
"Little Potala" as is known, is on the poplar paths of Buddhist pilgrims, with a number of temples and impressive statues. Unfortunately, the main temple and atrium is now currently under renovation with diggers and cranes.
Nevertheless, it is still worth mounting the many steps for a cultural visit or a prayer for your pilgrimage, and in my case, a good clear out of the lungs! 😉
Written May 14, 2024
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meghangw
Incheon, South Korea225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We visited on a Wednesday mid morning. It was pretty straight forward to get to the monastery from the bus at the scenic area. There were a lot of people and it made going up the stairs a bit harder than usual. Dodging people and trying to keep your breath in the altitude. Whew. The architecture is beautiful and the monastery is massive! A lot of people were taking dress-up selfies, which kind of made me sad.. it’s a holy place! I had read about the friendly monks but we found them to be quite busy. The temples are beautiful and it’s easy to get happily lost in the alleys here and there. There is a marsh/lake at the front and a lovely walkway all the way around. We walked the whole thing which was maybe a couple of km. Lots of ducks, cows, pigs hanging out in and around the water. It was a really nice day out!
Written June 24, 2021
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Steven T
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The monastery is a short ride on Bus 3 from Dukezong ancient town North Gate. The "Songzanlin Monastery" stop (the last but one stop) is actually the stop near the ticket office where you get off to purchase tickets and take the monastery shuttle bus to the monastery, 2.8 km away. (The ticket office is behind Tibetan Holy Lotus Hotel). For those who do not wish to enter the monastery but only interested in taking pictures of the monastery from across the pond, get off at the next (last) stop. Walk a few steps to the ticket check gate, turn L and walk 110 m down the plank walkway to the photo spot.
Written January 18, 2024
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