Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa

Palkhor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa
4.5
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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BobbyGentry
Nanjing, China503 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Found in Gyangze, at 3900m altitude, the Palcho Monastery is a temple with three major sects of Tibetan Buddhism: Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelukpa.
Written 14 April 2023
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Dale R
Stateline, NV329 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
After a while some monasteries start to look the same. The Kumbum Stupa made this one very unique. You have the ability to climb your way up through the interior of the stupa and stop on the various levels to view the various rooms containing the Buddhas.
Written 18 June 2019
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peetajohn
Norton, UK686 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
A wonderful setting for this temple. Surrounded by a battlement wall the monastery and temples seem well protected.
Like these places generally, they are very traditional in style and colour and well preserved. But this one was a bit more special because it is such a great setting.
A big bonus in the temple here is that, for a fee, I was allowed to take photos inside the temple - generally this is not allowed.
The smell of butter oil from the lamps pervades in the temple - not unpleasant though.
Most of the buildings cannot be accessed because they are in constant use.
A really nice place to visit.
Written 28 November 2018
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UrsulaHans
St. Gallen, Switzerland614 contributions
Oct 2018 • Business
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.
Written 7 November 2018
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TrevorCrichton
Chesham, UK184 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
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
Written 31 October 2018
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Susanne H
407 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
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.
Written 3 October 2018
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tsai2009
Orange County, CA497 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
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.
Written 29 July 2018
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pom1972
Yeoford, UK226 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
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 the effort of of climbing the stupa, for both the tiny chapels dotted around the outside and the views in all directions.
Written 20 July 2018
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asiabiketours
27 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Kumbum is a very special site even in a temple doted Tibet. Best approached by walk through the old ciy
Written 11 May 2018
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SusanT
Canberra, Australia168 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
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 the higher floors of the Stupa. The town Gyantse and the Monastery were attacked by British army in 1904. There is also a memorial monument in Gyantse to remember those Tibetans who lost life in the battle.
Written 5 May 2018
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