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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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Sangye Town, Dranang County 850800, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

Thank Susan T
Reviewed November 11, 2017

The whole monastery complex is very beautiful. It is built in a mandala shape and if you have time to go up the hill nearby, you will get a wonderful areal view of it. There are countless small chapels and you can easily spend all...More

Thank galinamf
Reviewed August 25, 2017 via mobile

It is a traditional Buddhist temple, nice but very far from Lhasa, I suggest to visit but to avoid to stay night in local hotel and guest house.

Thank Luca N
Reviewed April 15, 2017

This is an early royal monastery. It large and active. Although no photos are allowed inside, they are allowed on the upper walkways where there are beautiful painted panels. A feature of this place is the four stupas that stand at the corners of the...More

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