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Address: Jijilangka Road, Shigatse 857001, China
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated in Shigatse, the second largest city in...

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.

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Another Holy Shrine of Tibet

Shigatse is the base of Banchan Lama. Tashi Lunpo is acctually the biggest monastery in Tibet. You can acctually do a circuit walking around the monastery and that was what I did... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 January 2017
Chengdu, China
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Chengdu, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Shigatse is the base of Banchan Lama. Tashi Lunpo is acctually the biggest monastery in Tibet. You can acctually do a circuit walking around the monastery and that was what I did and it was interesting. You do the walking clock-wise like local people although you don't have to push and turn the wheels as that will take you a... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

This is a huge monastery and it is a must-see, in my opinion, even if you have seen 30 other Tibetian monasteries. Home of the Panchen Lama and monks everywhere. A great place for photos even though they want to charge you for taking them.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

If you are choosing which of many monasteries to visit in Tibet, this would be up the list. It needs a lot of time to visit all the different sections. Apparently over 500 resident monks, you get an idea of their working day as well as their spiritual day. Much of the tapestries , decor and Buddhas are the original,... More 

Thank Margot P
Alleroed Municipality, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Nice temple with beautiful buildings. Unfortunately some quite new due to destruction in last century. Great view of the city.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

A beautiful sprawling monastery set against the mountains. We were told this monastery has tthe most monks residing within in all Tibet. The tombs of most of the deceased Panchen Lamas are located within. The monastery looks to be better maintained internally than the major Lhasa Temples. We could see monks maintaining all the halls diligently. Air ventilation was better... More 

Thank Lovetotravelalot7
New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Not being an expert in Buddhism, I am sure we missed some of the details, but the historical context here is important. This was one of the largest monasteries we visited and it felt expansive, serene and relaxed. We saw the largest statue of Buddha, apparently...

Thank Philip O
Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Worth a visit for sure. Amazing site in every way, beautiful architecture and historical in terms of Tibetan history.

Thank Gyorgyi S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Tibetan monasteries are like the old walled cities in Europe; a cities within a city. Wouldn't miss doing khora here around the monastery walls.

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Paignton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Very hot that day, need to cover shoulders and not wear shorts obviously. Fan and brolley useful. Beautiful place. Great for people watching.

Thank fionajl
Aurora, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

This monastery is quite large. We went on a cloudy day but the views are still worth it. Lots of history. Unfortunately my friends and I are a little over monasteries as we have seen a lot in the past 5 days.

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