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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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Huge and historical Tibetan temple complex

This Lamasery / temple complex features a main temple in a similar style to Potala Palace in Lhasa. As it's a large complex it has a lot of more modern housing for the resident... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Sandnes, Norway
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

No doubt this monastery is very attractive, and it was historically very important, which makes it well worth visiting, but it is not a miniature version of the Potala. The powers that be have decided to charge visitors an exorbitant fee to visit, and by banning ordinary vehicles from approaching, have forced people to get on the monastery sightseeing buses.... More 

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Sandnes, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This Lamasery / temple complex features a main temple in a similar style to Potala Palace in Lhasa. As it's a large complex it has a lot of more modern housing for the resident monks and workers surrounding the main temple. There are also several smaller temples inside the complex. There are a few smaller souvenir shops within but they... More 

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Eilat, Israel
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To get to the monastery we took bus 3. The last stop is at the monastery, but one stop before that (3 km from the site) an army station stopped us, two soldiers went up and took tourist looking people!!! When we went down we were told we have to pay 115 yuan for the entrance and a special shuttle... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very beautiful monastery, they say it's a mini Potala. We paid 100¥ each, bought the tickets in our hostel with discount from 115¥, and it was worth it. We visited this monastery in one morning and entered all the temples inside with no rush, and in the afternoon went to the Potatso National Park. It's definitely possible to calmly... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sumtsaling Monastery, the largest Tibetan monastery in Yunan. The chants of the monks, the quiet atmosphere in the several chapels made it a great serene and holy place. Situated at an attitude of 3380m in Shangrila, it is called Little Potala for a reason 噶丹松赞林,汉名“归化寺“,位于中国云南省迪庆藏族自治州香格里拉市建塘镇以北约5公里处,海拔3380米,于1683年建成,为云南省最大的藏传佛教寺庙,属格鲁派。号称“小布达拉宫”。原建筑物于1966年文化大革命时期被摧毁,1982年开始在废墟原址重建。

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Guangdong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 August 8, 2016 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 August 4, 2016 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 July 31, 2016 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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