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Ganden Monastery

Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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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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Reviewed 4 September 2017

Most rooms were locked. it is nice to see from far but as we got there we were able to see very little. the visit was short

Thank AnatHadash
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Another great stop on our journey across former Tibet, the views from Ganden are spectacular. This was a bit our side of town but worth the visit if you have time. Great photos opps.

Thank Chris D
Reviewed 9 July 2017

The view from the outside is quite spectacular and the location amazing. Inside it is nice, but if you have already seen the Potala Palace you will not be impressed that much. Not a definite "must see", but quite near there.

Thank Evans1976
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

It's important to note most of it was destructed during the revolution and rebuilt in 1985. Some ruins are original but most of it is new. The temple is great to visit anyway. They sell cool souvenirs you can't find anywhere else at very good...More

Thank Antoni P
Reviewed 12 June 2017

This monastery is a fine example of ancient Tibetan university it has produced numerous Buddhist scholars and has kept alive the ancient Buddhist wisdom.

Thank sonamdhondup
Reviewed 9 June 2017

This monastery is not usually on the short list of those visited near Lhasa, but if you have an extra day or two it is worth a visit. For one thing, it charges a reasonable price to take photos inside the temples and there were...More

1  Thank MGStickler
Reviewed 2 May 2017

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...More

Thank Scott A
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...More

Thank rebecca w
Reviewed 18 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...More

1  Thank galinamf
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....More

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Andrei L
21 December 2016|
Response from richard k | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so - but i am not sure. Also there would be an inevitable language barrier.
30 June 2016|
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Response from lous652 | Reviewed this property |
Hard to answer, since I was only at Ganden Monastery. Drak Yerpa sounds interesting, but not much that I can say about the comparison. Let your sense of adventure be your guide.