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Ganden Monastery

Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
+86 173 6014 1905
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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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Wangori Mountain, Dazi County, Lhasa 850100, China
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

1.5 hr drive from Lhasa- tomb of tsongakpa and the golden throne r there. Built 1409. Because of the yogurt festival, it was a special day and they undraped the 14 century old thangkaa. They were 14 of them. Beautiful assembly hall. Absolutely spectacular view...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Because the day visited was the last day of Sagadawa. Nearly no visitors since most people n the monks all went to Johkang or Bakor Street to take the advantage of last praying day for Sagadawa month. Therefor the visit at Gandan was easy n...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2018

This monastery is situated outside Lhasa and it takes about 1,5h journey to go there. Even though it was badly damaged during he culture revolution years it has been in part reconstructed to its former shape, if not glory. It exudes tranquility and wellness. Do...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

I came to Tibet with a private customized tour, perfectly organized and prepared by China Highlights. China Highlights also obtained my Tibet Travel Permit before arriving at Lhasa. I was very fortunate to have Daniel during my 7-day trip to Tibet as my personal guide....More

Thank CHARLES D
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Reviewed 21 April 2018

The situation of the Ganden Monastery is amazing, it's a must see! Inside, it looks like a small city. The temples are beautiful.

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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Previously more than 4500 monks practice buddhism and after the cultural revolution, the monastery was destroyed and have been rebuilt and currently around 450 monks reside and practices buddhism and the monastery is controlled by ganden tripa . You will love it as a half...More

Thank Tashi S
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Andrei L
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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.
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Jervis59
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.
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