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The Red Hats' Monastery

During your adventures in Tibet, you will no doubt hear of the destruction and havoc wrecked on... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
Interesting and unbelievably remote monastery

This is a very remote monastery, 25 kms from a turn off from the main road. It's hard to believe... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2017
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Sakya Kloster is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. According to statistics, about 40,000 volumes of scriptures are housed there. A wooden bookshelf which is about 57 meters (187 feet) long, 11 meters high (36 feet) and one meter wide (three feet) has 464 grids. More than ten thousand scriptures are housed on the shelf. Among them, the most precious is Burde Gyaimalung, which records Tibetan religion, history, philosophy, literature, agriculture and animal husbandry. It is 1.8 meters (six feet) long, 1.3 meters (four feet) wide and 0.67 meter (two feet) thick and boasts the biggest scriptures in the world. Additionally, it also houses 21 volumes of Buddhist scriptures written on Pattra leaves in Sanskrit. Each consists of one hundred to two hundred pages and four-color illustrations. They are the most precious sutras in the world.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Basiba Road, Sa'gya County 857800, China

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

During your adventures in Tibet, you will no doubt hear of the destruction and havoc wrecked on Tibetan culture during The Great Cultural Revolution. This is also well documented; if you bothered to Google. To truly witness the scale of the destruction, you will have...More

Thank rvn85
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

This is a very remote monastery, 25 kms from a turn off from the main road. It's hard to believe that it could have played such an important role in Tibetan life over the centuries. The monastery contains a very large collection of manuscripts (see...More

Thank Justin C
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful and quite large monastery with awesome views of surrounding area. Mongolian architecture is quite different from those seen in Lhasa and surrounding area. Artwork and artifacts were impressive.

Thank Suet910
Reviewed 8 November 2015

Sakya Gompa is located approx 20 km off the National Highway 318 in a side valley. The whole area of the monastery as well as the surrounding town were recently renovated, freshly painted, partially reconstructed as well as furbished with new pavements. The town looks...More

1  Thank Eduard A
Reviewed 29 October 2015

The architecture and the colours of the Tibetan houses are different to the rest of the area, the monastery itself huge and worth to see. A hidden treasure!

1  Thank Zwillingsseele
Reviewed 19 August 2015

This lies off the road between Shigatse and the point where the road divides, one branch to Kathmandu, the other to Ali and Kashgar. Sakya is the main monastery for the Sakyapa sect. It is a very impressive and imposing monastery with the striking colour...More

Thank redskifreak
Reviewed 25 July 2015

We opted to stay at the sakya, its off the freedom highway,its a large monestery built in 1268, different feature to other monesry,building ,its ash grey wth with white stripes. ,it's lost it charm As lots of construction all around ,monks quater is moved. As...More

Thank pranjo49
Reviewed 16 February 2015

Sakya Monastery from the outside looks more like a fort or castle than a Monastery. It's historical association with China spared it from much of the destruction and vandalism that took place during the cultural revolution. The main temple is a massive structure with a...More

Thank Wilcoxm51
Reviewed 21 October 2014

This is an ancient monastery with a rich history and heritage. Do take a guide or have someone give you the story behind the monastery and the various establishments around it.

Thank Samdave69
Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

The monastery is big. It has a number of chapels which are very interesting and the assembly hall is huge. I especially liked the section with manuscripts.

1  Thank Ouranoupoli
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