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Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)

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Samye Monastery, Tibetan’s first monastery and first college, locates in Shannan Region. It was constructed by the King Trisong Detsen of the Tubo Kingdom, and the monastery was also presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava or Gulug...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You have to visit this, the oldest and first monastery. We are lucky to experience the chanting and praying over 2 hours and the Monitor or head monk blessed us and allowed us to video the whole event and have a picture with him. This...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jamlajatt
Reviewed October 9, 2018

It's not easy as a westerner to visit - you need a guide, Tibet permit and alien pass to get these you need to visit the police headquarters in the nearby city, these passes are required due to the proximity of the boarders of India...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John and Deb K
Reviewed September 23, 2018

the Samye is located at the north bank of the Yarlung vally ,and which is one fe the Tibetan buddhist first monastery in Tibet , it is a long history in Tibet area

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank tibetanstravel
Reviewed September 6, 2018

It is not easy to visit Samye monastery as a foreigner. You must have an "alien" pass in addition to the Tibet permit. You need to personally visit police headquarters of nearby county along with your tour guide to acquire this pass. Although it was...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Alok S
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

1.5 hr drive from Tsetang, Samye Chimpu is considered part of Samye Monastery and is 5 min drive apart. Chimpu is is the hermitage of the nuns and monks. Morning assembly hall with chanting, gongs, drums and long horns was fantastic. One hour uphill walk...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank BostonBostonGirl
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

As a Nynmapa’s disciple, visiting Semye Monastery is a must. And to obtain most protective icon seal by Guru Rinpoche is also a must! There is no other place to acquire this seal sampled on yellow string! This monastery was build according by Guru Rinpoche...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank tsai95862016
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

We visited Samye monastery for five days during our trip with Road to Tibet. Stayed at the Monastery Hotel right across the street which has adequate rooms and good bfast. The huge monastery is amazing with many brightly painted murals and Buddhas and many small...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank cep_9
Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

A day trip from Lhasa to Samye Monastery, about 2 hours to the South of Lhasa is a great way to spend a day in Tibet, and to acclimatize yourself to the elevation of 15,000 feet, in preparation to a trip to the Himalaya and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CHARLES D
Reviewed May 27, 2018

This is a large and very beautiful monastery laid out in a mandala pattern.Other people have written about the coloured stupas and the layout but I want to stress that the views from the top of the building give the best idea of its beautiful...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Wendy M
Reviewed May 3, 2018

We have visited quite a few well-known monasteries and temples in Tibet and Samye monastery is my favourite. The architecture of the main building and the red, white, green and black Stupas at the four corners of the monastery are very beautiful. There were more...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Susan T
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