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Sumtsaling Monastery

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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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It's called Little Potala for a reason.

The Potala Palace maybe out of reach for some of us, but Sumtsaling Monastery offers a similar experience and a chance to know more about Tibetan Buddhism. Guided tours are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Malaysia
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Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Potala Palace maybe out of reach for some of us, but Sumtsaling Monastery offers a similar experience and a chance to know more about Tibetan Buddhism. Guided tours are available (based on my experience, I think they are locals, and the guide is conducted in Chinese). Follow the rules there, respect the monks, and just absorb in the atmosphere... More 

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Hood River, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Every turn brought a colorful painting and intriguing thought. It's an amazing working monastery and a must see if you are in the area

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved this place. You have to go to a separate reception building to buy your ticket and catch a bus to the monastery. Halfway there you round a corner and catch your first glimpse of the monastery, and it took my breath away. Its a stunning place to photograph and explore. You have to climb the steps (it is... More 

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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although this is a baby compared to Lhasa Potala Palace, when we were in Shangri la we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to explore this Monastery. The monastery was built on the top of the hill. We had to climb 176 steps up (I counted them). The structure is golden and striking from afar and gorgeous inside, but no... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited the monastery on an overcast/rainy day and it was still beautiful. However, no where mentions that if you take the No. 6 bus there you're told to get off waaaaaaay before you reach the actual monastery by a very aggressive guard who shouts Chinese in your faces. Luckily my boyfriend speaks Chinese so we were... More 

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China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a phenomenal experience, unbelievable history! I was truly taken aback by the splendor and enormity of this monastery. I recommend it wholly as a must see.

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Thank rmachnics
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Songzanlin temple is easily accessible from Shangrila, you can take bus no 3 for rmb 1 per person. We took taxi to get there for rmb 10 (3 person). The weather is change suddenly, the bright sunny day into heavy rain, and then bright again, and rainy again. Be sure to bring umbrella or rain gear. I pay rmb 105... More 

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Thank Ika S
Shangri-La County, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

there are 700 monks in the monastery, very colorful. we had a nice butter tea with monks. the temple and stupa are most important fortune in this Tibetan region

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Shangrao, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a good trip. Thankfully, there were not many people. Warning: Shangri-La is at 3500 m above sea level. Many people experience altitude sickness, including my friend and I.

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Thank Nashboroguy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at Sumtsaling Monastery in the afternoon. Before that we didn't want to visit the monastery because we spent so much time in Potaso National Park that we were afraid we didn't have enough time to visit it: we had to get back to Lijang before midnight that day. Unluckily or Luckily, the guide had bought the tickets beforehand... More 

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