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Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

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Address: Northwest of the County, Gyangze County 857400, China
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Built in 1414, this monastery consists of 17 Dratsang (colleges) that...

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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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... read more

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 and most beautiful tormas (hand crafted offerings from the monks) I've ever seen. Note: you... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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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 is quite amusing to watch. Philosophy is the main area of discussion and their topics... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 7 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.

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 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 where we could take photos inside the building, and take photos of everything (except the... More 

Thank Margot P
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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 structures in Tibet. I liked the row of prayer wheels and the walls around the... More 

Thank Endeavour13
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
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
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Reviewed 29 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 religious values cause there are monks selling souvenirs inside the main hall area where chantings... More 

Thank Sugat S
New York
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

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

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 7 June 2016 via mobile

Well worth the visit. The inside of the Monastery is similar to others but the Stupha is currently the highest in Tibet. The big attraction is the surrounding fort and its history. It is currently being renovated.

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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

Since you came that far, it is impossible not to visit "Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa"! The town of Gyantse, in the mountains of Tibet, is nearly at 4.000m above sea level, what means a lot to those not used to high altitudes. Take it easy, move around slowly, and visit the monastery and the pagoda type stupa, which were... More 

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