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“Place to walk”
Review of Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery
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Owner description: Ganden Monastery, also known as Ganden Namgyeling, is one of the three great Gelug university monasteries (the other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery) of Tibet, China. It was constructed in 1409 near Lhasa by the founder of the Gelug order, Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa. Back in 1958, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, took his last degree examination here. However, Ganden was destroyed after 1959, right now it has been partially rebuilt. Right now, there are several major constructions in the monastery, namely, the Lagyi Hall, Chitokang, Yangbagyain Hall, Xaze, Jamze Zhacang Buddhist Colleges and kamcuns and Myicuns. The Lagyi Hall is a 3-storey building. And it takes up 2,000 square meters and can contain 3,000 people at the same time.
Auroville, India
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“Place to walk”
Reviewed June 28, 2012

I made a trekking til Samye temple with a local yak man and his pony. It was just amazing experience.

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“Amazing scenery”
Reviewed April 14, 2012

Not only the monestry itself but a pilgrimage road around it were amazing. It takes about 40min. walk and you can enjoy a breath-taking view of valleys. Around noon, a bell rang to tell the time of chants and we could hear monks chanting. It was quite a nice experience.
The first place to go for a day trip from Lhasa!

Visited November 2011
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“A wonderful day trip from Lhasa”
Reviewed December 6, 2011

Ganden is about an hour and a half from Lhasa, mostly along a very pretty river valley. the last part is a long climb up a very steep and twisting road. It is very slow going up but the views are great. Near the top you can see the monastery spread out over the top of the mountain. It is enormous and well-worth visiting. You really need a guide, however. You can also walk around the kora behind the monastery- it takes about 1 1/2 hours and the views are spectacular. there is a basic shop in the monastery area and a tiny food stall near the car park- they have delicious chips

Visited October 2011
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“Chanting Monks”
Reviewed October 26, 2011

Try to see the monks chanting. This is very special and quite moving to witness.

Visited October 2011
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“Worthwhile visit”
Reviewed August 17, 2011

Ganden is a wonderful day trip out of Lhasa and a good way to adjust to the altitude since it is higher than Lhasa. It takes a half day to visit from Lhasa. The drive to Ganden takes you past farms, greenhouses and villages then along a magnificant valley. Lots of photo ops. Then the road zigzags up a mountain to the monastery which is perched on the top. It cost 50 yuan to enter. We arrived in the afternoon and it was very quiet. No other tourists and just a few pilgrims. But a good chance to see all the statues, tombs, assembly halls, chapels. There are about 300 monks living here now and there is a strong police presence too. We went with our Tibetan guide who took us on a hike around the back of the mountain, festooned with prayer flags blowing in the wind. To take photos, you need to pay for each room. Once you pay the 15 - 20 yuan, you can take as many photos as you wish. Well worth the time.

Visited August 2011
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