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Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

Northwest of the County, Gyangze County 857400, China
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Built in 1414, this monastery consists of 17 Dratsang (colleges) that belong to the three sects of Sagya, Kadam and Gelug. Palkhor also has the spectacular Bodhi stupa, or Kumbum in Tibetan, which was built in 1412.
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Northwest of the County, Gyangze County 857400, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a stop here on our trip to the Everest base camp. The monastery is nice to see and the large Buddhas, with the sound of different groups of monks praying are impressive. You can climb up the stupa, you have a nice view...More

Thank Ralph W
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

This is an impressive monastery, with fortifications around it since it was build before Tibet had been united. It has many chapels, and like most monasteries in Tibet, it is the smell of yak butter candles and incense that permeates the air and gives this...More

Thank Justin C
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Away from the more commonly visited monasteries, Palkhor Monastery is the setting for Tibet's largest stupa and many beautiful temples and sanctuaries. With a more relaxed atmosphere, many will allow inside photos for a very small fee. The main temple is wonderful, with the largest...More

Thank moviegeekjn
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Kumbum stupa within the Palkhor Choede Monastery is the largest Stupa in Tibet. At this monastery (mainly for the tourists benefit) you can also watch the Monks debate, which is all part of their learning. They use a lot of hand signals and clapping which...More

Thank GaryandLesleyTravel
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

On our way to base camp, the monastery is a must see. Read up first or get a good guide. Long history rich in stories and history. Keep in mind that there is more steps than you think.

Thank Dtravis814
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Monastery much the same as others, the importance is the Stupa where Panchen Lama is buried. It is an excellent example of the amount of effort made to build and decorate a Stupa. For us a Big highlight, it was the ONLY monastery in Tibet...More

1  Thank Margot P
Reviewed 18 October 2016

While visiting that monastery, people were working on the stupa. Was nice to watch, they were painting and singing and enjoying themselves. The monastery is very interesting. They are never the same even though there are so many. The stupa is one of the biggest...More

Thank Endeavour13
Reviewed 6 October 2016

If you ever happen to be around here you should visit this particular place with Tibetan monks practicing their talks. Guide is essential even if you know Chinese.

Thank jusaja
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

A magnificent remain of the newar art dated back to the 14-15th Century......A wonderful experience to go through all the small tibetan doors and floors....it gives you an opportunity to reflect and feel the original newar workmanship :) .....but sadly it no longer holds the...More

Thank Sugat S
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Pleasant monastery and location of an oversized chorten with 100,000 Buddha images. Spectacular views add to its charm.

Thank Philip O
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