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Sumtsaling Monastery

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Address: Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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8:30 am - 5:30 pm
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.

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The Sumtsaling Monastery is a magnificent building

These buildings constitute a sizable grand simple, yet sublime temple ensemble in harmony with the nature.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Guangdong, China
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Guangdong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

These buildings constitute a sizable grand simple, yet sublime temple ensemble in harmony with the nature.

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Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's easy to arrive: just 10 minutes with the local bus number 3 from Shangri-La (1 yuan). Unfortunately, you have to pay 115 yuan to enter, but lot of guesthouses can give you discounted tickets. The place is really big, with hundred of monks. If you can't go to Tibet, this is a good place to have an idea of... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not being able to visit Tibet in our 3,5 weeks China (can't have it all...) I was desperate to visit the Largest monastery in Yunan. The way from Lijiang to Shangri-la alteady was a Joy. From overrated spoiler tourist place we slowly (4hrs busdrive) went past roads where the little flags waived from temples and buildings, yaks walked along the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Get there with bus 3. I got the advice of someone not to go but I really don't get why she would say that. Even thoughI'd say entrance fee is pretty steep, 75 yuan for a student, it is worth it. The place is so beautiful, I think you could take all day. Take sunscreen and umbrella. Enjoy the prayers... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very similar to the famous Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, just smaller. The secret is not to rush through the monastery, taking your time to absorb the atmosphere and the beauty. Observing the monks whilst they chant and pray is a wonderful experience. For a nice distant view of the monastery, take a walk around the wetlands lake, home of... More 

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Changchun, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

its a Buddhist place where you can get to know what you are really. Its so peaceful and silent.i got a 2500 old wooden craft replica of some Buddhist god.from the monk..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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 July 22, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

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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