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Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

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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 19 April 2014

Don't miss this complex. The buildings are fabulous, the Kumbum stupa a marvel, and the views from its upper structures are fantastic. And if you are into people-watching there are many devout pilgrims in traditional dress doing their kora. Very worthwhile. But just as interesting...More

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All reviews take photos small fee cultural revolution wall paintings well worth the visit everest base camp tibetan buddhism high altitude several floors multi storied structure monastery stories pace thousands explanation incense
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting monastery, unfortunately we could only go up to the second floore of Kumbum Stupa - all other floors in restauration. Whilst in Gyantse definitely a must.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This monastery is worth a short visit as you pass through Gyantse/Gyantze. As with most Tibetan monasteries, it is becoming depleted of monks, but nevertheless it ahs soem interesting artefacts and a striking stupa

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Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This place ist Really beautiful and still a nice place to take Really nice Pictures from the kumbum and the Area around. When we visit the kumbum it was under construction. It's also Not allowed anymore to visit the last Plattform. Great murals and statues.

Thank purzel_le
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

This monastery consists different lineages. The paintings on the walls tells many stories on Buddhism history, revolution, practice, mediation, important figures....etc. The several level pagoda next to it consist thousands thousands Buddha statues inside. Took over a decade to complete.

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Reviewed 20 July 2018

Lovely monastery that made it well worth visiting Gyantse and one of my favourites in Tibet. One of the few where photos can be taken inside (for a small fee that is well worth paying) with beautiful original 15thC statues and wall paintings. Well worth...More

Thank pom1972
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Kumbum is a very special site even in a temple doted Tibet. Best approached by walk through the old ciy

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Reviewed 5 May 2018

Another wonderful Monastery! The most interesting architecture here is the Kumbum Stupa. We visited here on our way to the Everest base camp and time was well spent. The views from different levels of the Stupa were beautiful. We could also see Gyantse Dzong on...More

Thank Susan T
Reviewed 10 December 2017

This is an important temple (the stupa inside) for Tibetan Buddhism believers. This temple, if you go up to the top of the stupa, you can see the beautiful panoramic view of city of Gyangze. The stupa inside is more important than the temple/assembly hall...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2017

We were so lucky to be there while the monks were chanting with yellow hats on and playing the horns, it just made my trip, i loved sitting outside the monastery and watching the people, beautiful tranquil place

Thank Sammy S
Reviewed 22 August 2017

We stopped here on our way back to Lhasa from Shogatse. You start your tour of the multi-storied stupa, the most famous forms part of the Palcho monastery. We started our tour on the three different chapels and climbed up here after. The monastery was...More

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