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“Fantastic monastery”

Tashilunpo Monastery
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Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Shigatse
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In 1447, the first Dalai Lama built it and it has been one of the six great Gelugpa monasteries. If you go to Shigatse, you cannot miss the marvelous monastery where you will see a lot of precious religious statues and stupas.
Cairo, Egypt
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“Fantastic monastery”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

Visited this monastery as part of a Tibet tour. It was brilliant seeing the monks going about their business. We saw a ceremony which involved monks chanting and instruments being played, it was fascinating. Seeing the monks reading and wrapping the books back up, and counting money was also interesting.
The monastery itself is wonderful and well worth a visit.

Visited July 2014
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“Most original functioning monastery in Tibet”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

This was a highlight of my trip. The monastery was alive. Monks old to young, going about their daily life, happy, and with smiles. The sound of chanting in the afternoon, were amazing. There are about 500 monks in this monastery. It is notable that this monastery thrives because it is the only one that gives the monks a monthly stipend. This stipend comes from the Chinese government. All new monks in Tibet are now selected through a process that includes the recommendation of the their local governor. The local governors are chosen by their loyalty to the Chinese government, therefore all the new monks must be loyal to the Chinese in order to be accepted into the monastery. This has long term implications for Buddhism. But beyond the politics, it is a fantastic place that radiates hope along with history.

Visited April 2014
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Perth, Australia
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“Your tour will take you anyway...”
Reviewed June 7, 2014

It is the main tourist thing in town...

There is almost no way you will be able to skip it...

That said...it is pretty good...nice monasteries, stupas etc...

Air a bit thick with incense and yak butter candles smell...

A nice hour to three

Visited June 2014
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“Moving monastery”
Reviewed May 22, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful and moving monastery worth a visit. Stupas, fair number of monks, make this a a memorable stop.

Visited May 2014
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“Best Monastery - Worthwhile Seeing”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

Founded in 1447 by the 1st Dalai Lama, this Gelugpa monastery in Shigatse is the traditional throne of the Panchen Lamas - the 2nd highest ranking of the high lamas in Tibetan Buddhism behind the Dalai Lama. Of the monasteries we have visited on our travels in Tibet, this one was the best preserved and the most beautiful with its various chapels , stupas, statues and shrines. It is a functioning monastery (despite the lesser number of monks these days), so you can observe the monks going about the complex doing their daily chores, etc. We even saw monks blowing the "conche shells" during their rituals. Photos can be taken but their are fees to be paid ...all for a good cause. Like all of our visits to various Tibetan tourist spots it is best to have a local Tibetan guide who can explain the history behind the monastery and its various "treasures".

Visited May 2014
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