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Samye Monastery (Sangye Si)

Sangye Town, Dranang County 850800, China
+86 893 736 2267
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Day Trip: Tibet Samye Monastery
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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 Rinpoche. Detsen took part in the foundation ceremony and later he ordained seven descendants of blue blood to cultivate the monastery. They were called ‘Seven Enlighten Disciples of Samye’. Since then, Buddhism has widespread within Tibetan plateau. Samye was destroyed several times by civil war, fire and earthquakes respectively. Today, only partially of its original 108 buildings survive or have been rebuilt.
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Sangye Town, Dranang County 850800, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 12 November 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
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Reviewed 25 August 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.

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Reviewed 16 April 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

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

One of the first monasteries we visited, and one of our favorites. One special was we arrived at the monks study time, so were able to observe all the ritual and sincerity of their beliefs and study. The monastery has huge history but is a...More

Thank Margot P
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

This monastery is very big. The large main building is surrounded by four big stupas of different colours, the stupas are of Nepali influence. I happened to arrive on what seemed like a special day, as the villagers gather to repair/ build the monastery wall....More

Thank thanni999
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

Another not often featured attraction on the fixed itineraries, but Samye was stunning in so many ways. The landscapes approaching Samye follow the big river, cutting through the barren mountains with prayer flags passes, crossing sand dunes and passing an occasional patch of green. The...More

Thank GoranWembley
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

While this is a pilgrimage due to the need to register with the Chinese government it is worth the effort. The trip will take about 5 hours from Lhasa and you should plan to stay overnight at the Samye Monastery Hotel. There are the 4...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2015

Loved this place....so exciting to go across the river, explore the monastery .....agghh..Dont miss Samye if you have time to visit.

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Reviewed 7 November 2014

I was there in September with a group of 12 people. We arrived in the early afternoon from Lhasa. We stayed one night in the Friendship Hostel, 50 m from the East Gate. We went to afternoon prayers. There was a group of Buddhist from...More

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