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Sumtsaling Monastery

Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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The biggest monastery in Shangri-La.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“main temple” (6 reviews)
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Zhongdian, Shangri-La County 674400, China
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"tibetan buddhism"
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"the bus"
in 33 reviews
"main temple"
in 6 reviews
"songtsam retreat"
in 5 reviews
"entrance fee"
in 20 reviews
"dalai lama"
in 7 reviews
"monks chanting"
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"main halls"
in 4 reviews
"cultural revolution"
in 8 reviews
"ticket price"
in 6 reviews
"ticket office"
in 13 reviews
"guided tour"
in 7 reviews
"peaceful place"
in 4 reviews
"take your time"
in 10 reviews
"worth the climb"
in 4 reviews
"an amazing view"
in 4 reviews
"old town"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We bought the tickets from our guest house. Took the taxi to a Buddhist temple, then we have to take the shuttle bus to Sunstaling Monastery. Since there is no English speaking guide, we have to walk around on our own. Most signage are in...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Sumtsaling Monastery was one of the highlights of Shangrila. It consists of numberous prayer halls in separate buildings sprawled over a large area with the main temples lying across a hilly ridge. Shuttle buses take you from the entrance building, past the small lake...More

Thank travel-till-I-drop
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the top of the list in shangrila. Entry fee is rather high (RMB130), you have to climb a flight of stairs to the top of the monastery. Hint: to take a good view of the place, disembark at the first bus stop before the monastery.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sumtsaling Monastery is part of a 82 acres park in Shangri-la country, Yunnan. I spent more than half a day in the park, including a tour inside the monastery, leisure stroll along the lake, up the hill to visit another little monastery, photo-taking and etc....More

Thank ycmil
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must visit if you are in Shangri-la. There will be a tour guide to bring you around and explain the history of the place and of course Buddhism. There are 3 main halls which consist of hundreds of Buddha statues both big and small....More

Thank Superyoyo
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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

We were given about 2 hrs to look around, ended up we just spent 40mnt for it. It's better if someone can explain for you, then you can know more of it. Not really suitable for those who dont like temple/mosque/church since the entrance fee...More

Thank vivi_neo
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Reviewed 2 June 2018

Very impressive monstery. Well worth visiting. Somewhat mysterious inside the prayer halls. Very authentic.

Thank MWG12
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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

Well know as Little Potala Palace, compound is rather big. Photography is not allowed in the temple. Instead we took pictures of the compound. Getting up to the monastery is high up on the altitude of over 3,000m. With a flight of over 100 steps...More

Thank 2015ECL05
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

This area is my first true exposure of Tibetan Buddhism, it is more closely related to the Buddhism found in Nepal and or India. This place is huge with a Tibetan Village adjacent below the monastery and the monk residences; my guide and I visited...More

Thank Gary W
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

A stunning monastery in a beautiful landscape with several different temples and other buildings. It was a bit were that there were hardly NO monks. And the entrance of YEN 115 is way to high.

Thank PetervTNL
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Response from Kobus M | Reviewed this property |
We did rent a car with driver from Lijiang to Shangrila, with a 2 hour stopover at Tiger Leaping Gorge. It's was a sedan suitable for 3 passengers and it cost RMB 600. Get a local person to contact several vendors and... More
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