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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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Must Visit, very Impressive Monastry

This city like monastry was such a delight. The architecture, the small winding roads and the various temples give you an insight to this religious community and life of Tibetan... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This city like monastry was such a delight. The architecture, the small winding roads and the various temples give you an insight to this religious community and life of Tibetan monks. This is a gem to Shigatze ad Potala Palace is to Lhasa. One of the most enjoyable site during our 12 day tour in Tibet.

Thank omo_hk
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the home monastery of the Panchan Lama at noon and witnessed how at 12:15 a monk on the roof called all monks for mid-day prayers. It was still relatively cool and all monks carried their yellow coats and hats over their red dresses. Splendid monastery and easier accessible vs. the ones in Lhasa.

Thank DeluxeGypsie
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On our way to Mount Kailash, stopped in Shigatse overnight and went to the monastery this morning. We'd heard great things about the monastery itself, but we're compelled by our guide instead to perform the kora around it. This turned out to be the most unexpected highlight so far of my trip. The kora takes 1-2 hours depending on your... More 

Thank Justin C
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

If you have ANY time in Shigatse, this large working monastery is a "must see." Very beautiful as well as historic and spiritually significant, this monastery deserves all the time you have for exploring and contemplating. Home for the Panchen Lama, he actually does visit this monastery a few times during the year (when able to depart from his undisclosed... More 

Thank moviegeekjn
Chengdu, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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 

Thank AlexTung
Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
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.

Thank Man_from_Dola
Coffs Harbour, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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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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.

Thank Søren H
Singapore, Singapore
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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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Reviewed 14 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

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