Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Sakya Kloster is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. According to statistics, about 40,000 volumes of scriptures are housed there. A wooden bookshelf which is about 57 meters (187 feet) long, 11 meters high (36 feet) and one meter wide (three feet) has 464 grids. More than ten thousand scriptures are housed on the shelf. Among them, the most precious is Burde Gyaimalung, which records Tibetan religion, history, philosophy, literature, agriculture and animal husbandry. It is 1.8 meters (six feet) long, 1.3 meters (four feet) wide and 0.67 meter (two feet) thick and boasts the biggest scriptures in the world. Additionally, it also houses 21 volumes of Buddhist scriptures written on Pattra leaves in Sanskrit. Each consists of one hundred to two hundred pages and four-color illustrations. They are the most precious sutras in the world.
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Basiba Road, Sa'gya County 857800 China
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UrsulaHans
St. Gallen, Switzerland614 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Business
Another interesting monastery - theytend to murph in my memory...
Most interesting the pilgrims way around the monastery with great vistas.
Written 7 November 2018
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TrevorCrichton
Chesham, UK184 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Originally founded in the C11th, but during the C13 and C14th it fell under the influence of Mongolian monks and is one of the very few Mongolian influenced monasteries in Tibet. It contains a lot of unique artwork and many thousands of manuscripts; it is worth a visit
Written 31 October 2018
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Keira Mason
Wellesley, MA4,102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
Excellent rental audio guide in english- gps if every location u visit so that it automatically provides a narrative at each location- 25 km off road and about 430 km from lhasa- grey, white and red exterior- red hat sect- assembly hall beautiful with old statues and many old prayer books - dates to 10th c-11th c. Gift shop sells some nice souvenirs- 9 eye good luck arm bracelets
Written 14 August 2018
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pom1972
Yeoford, UK226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
By the time we got to Sakya I was getting a little bored with monasteries but this completely surprised me. Built in a very different style to the other monasteries we visited and with fabulous views from the tops of the walls, we were completely blown away when we stepped inside. Although most was lost during the revolution it is still an amazing collection of incredibly old statues and scriptures. Well worth the detour and having to stay in a less than great hotel.
Written 20 July 2018
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rvn85
Singapore, Singapore278 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
During your adventures in Tibet, you will no doubt hear of the destruction and havoc wrecked on Tibetan culture during The Great Cultural Revolution. This is also well documented; if you bothered to Google. To truly witness the scale of the destruction, you will have to pay this monastery a visit. Standing from the car park, you will see the remaining foundations of ruins which belonged to the monastery before. And one can only imagine the size of the monastery before this mishap in history happened. Barring the historical mishaps, this monastery is unique in the sense that it houses the world's largest holy Buddhist scripture and has a endless library of Buddhist text books. Amazing!
Written 18 June 2017
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Justin C
London, UK558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
This is a very remote monastery, 25 kms from a turn off from the main road. It's hard to believe that it could have played such an important role in Tibetan life over the centuries.

The monastery contains a very large collection of manuscripts (see attached photos).

If you're nearby, highly recommended.
Written 12 May 2017
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Suet910
King of Prussia, PA245 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
Beautiful and quite large monastery with awesome views of surrounding area. Mongolian architecture is quite different from those seen in Lhasa and surrounding area. Artwork and artifacts were impressive.
Written 15 January 2017
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Eduard A
Tokyo, Japan206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Solo
Sakya Gompa is located approx 20 km off the National Highway 318 in a side valley. The whole area of the monastery as well as the surrounding town were recently renovated, freshly painted, partially reconstructed as well as furbished with new pavements. The town looks clean and inviting and even modern public toilets were built (also inside the monastery) which is something really new. As far as I could make out, everything is well maintained. The gompa has a huge parking lot and on the adjacent hillside are the living quarters of the monks which also looked new to me.

Sakya monastery has an invaluable collection on old Tibetan scrips ( must be thousands) which reach back as far as 1200 years. Somehow this famous gompa reminded me more of a museum than a place of worship. The visit is defin. worth the detour on the way to Tingri.
Written 9 November 2015
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Zwillingsseele
Munich, Germany4,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
The architecture and the colours of the Tibetan houses are different to the rest of the area, the monastery itself huge and worth to see. A hidden treasure!
Written 29 October 2015
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Vivienne A
Lancaster, UK223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
This lies off the road between Shigatse and the point where the road divides, one branch to Kathmandu, the other to Ali and Kashgar. Sakya is the main monastery for the Sakyapa sect. It is a very impressive and imposing monastery with the striking colour scheme carrying over into the naeighbouring village/town. Visit the teaching institute over the road and walk up to the ruins on the hillside above for a good view over the whole area. Worth the detour.
Written 19 August 2015
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