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Ganden Monastery

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Address: Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Ganden Monastery, also known as Ganden Namgyeling, is one of the three...

Ganden Monastery, also known as Ganden Namgyeling, is one of the three great Gelug university monasteries (the other two are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery) of Tibet, China. It was constructed in 1409 near Lhasa by the founder of the Gelug order, Je Tsongkhapa Lozang-dragpa. Back in 1958, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, took his last degree examination here. However, Ganden was destroyed after 1959, right now it has been partially rebuilt.

Right now, there are several major constructions in the monastery, namely, the Lagyi Hall, Chitokang, Yangbagyain Hall, Xaze, Jamze Zhacang Buddhist Colleges and kamcuns and Myicuns. The Lagyi Hall is a 3-storey building. And it takes up 2,000 square meters and can contain 3,000 people at the same time.

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Very nice Monasterry outside of Lhasa

It is a good hours drive from Lhasa so you see some of the expanding city plus the countryside . Once at the Monastery you can opt for the walk around the hill top, but be aware... read more

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Mukilteo, Washington
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a good hours drive from Lhasa so you see some of the expanding city plus the countryside . Once at the Monastery you can opt for the walk around the hill top, but be aware it is more like a trek than a walk. The path is narrow and not improved with some hazardous stretches along steep cliffs.... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 1 February 2017

If you travel to Tibet and don't know who Lord Matreiya is, I suggest you should read up on him. Matreiya is the Future Buddha in the Buddhist scriptures, who is supposed to rule the world after Gautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama. He is equivalent to Amun Ra in Egypt, Zeus in Greece, Jesus in Christianity, and so... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

The monastery is outside of the city and you'll have to hire a car to get there. Usually its a half day visit, so you can combine it with something else ( I went to Drak Yerpa in the morning and to Ganden in the afternoon). Keep in mind that some chapels may close as early as at 3pm, so... More 

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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful place to see a mountain monastery and some incredible views of the mountains, valley and small village. This monastery is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries. We also took advantage of the opportunity to have lunch in the monastery. Not the best food but an great experience and certainly adequate.

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Getting to the top of this mountain is a bit of work, but worth it, so take your time. It's lovely on a nice day, but I would not go here if it's cold or windy. There is an interesting canteen for lunch (traditional noodles) and a loo that will make you regret you didn't stop earlier.

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Nelson, New Zealand
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

The access road itself is a tourist attraction, well-engineered (but, like most Tibetan roads, inadequately-surfaced). Ganden Monastery is an imposing and very busy working monastery with far fewer surging hordes of tourists than Potala, therefore there is more time and space to see and absorb the sights and events. The monastery restaurant is an excellent idea, with good food and... More 

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Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Outside potala this was my favorite monastery specifically for the windy road and views you get of the monastery and the views from the monastery are truly spectacular and worth the drive!

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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I particularly enjoyed this visit. It somehow seemed more authentic, with less tourists and more Tibetan pilgrims. I does have some steep ramps etc. but it is still worth the effort but you do feel the 4,300 metres altitude. I am told it has been substantially re-constructed since it was destroyed during the Cultural Revolution but you couldn't really tell.

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Reviewed 21 September 2016

Wonderful monastery off the tourist beaten track - we felt so lucky to have the opportunity to visit this 15th century complex built by the founder of the Gelukpa sect, Tsongkapa. Beginning from the winding path up to 4100 meters, located approximately 60 kms east of Lhasa, to the amazing vistas behind the monastery - it was the Tibet of... More 

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Reviewed 8 August 2016

I wish more people came here - and then again, maybe I don't. There were very few travelers when we were there, allowing us to explore and soak in the atmosphere without being pushed around by other tourists. A very large monastery, with the opportunity to hike around it on a 45-60 minute kora. The road to the Ganden monastery... More 

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