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“A nunnery giving hopes to nuns and a friendly nunnery with less visitors”

Ani Tsankhung Nunnery
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7-Day Private Tibet Tour: Lhasa, Gyangtse, and...
Ranked #12 of 64 things to do in Lhasa
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Ani Tsankhung Nunnery was built in the 7th century by Songsten Gampo who used its meditation chamber.The monastery is a yellow building which lies on the street parallel and north of Chingdol Dong Lu in Lhasa. Since the 12th century the monastery has been used chiefly by Buddhist nuns. The nunnery's main hall contains a beautiful image of Chenrezi, the multi-armed bodhisattva of Compassion. The sacred meditation chamber lies behind it.
Reviewed 26 January 2018

Situated on the eastern alleys of Bharkhor street . The walk to the nunnery takes you thru the narrow local market place which is pretty impressive and gives you the feel of what if feels to live in lhasa as a local . The smell of juniper and burnt along the street with strong smell of yak butter to lit the butter lamp and the crowd takes you along the kora ( the walk around the bharkhor street . Just few minutes walk from the bharkhor street will take you to this nunnery . Dressing modestly( covering your knees and shoulder) is required and removing your hat while entering the monastery would show your respect to the religion. You can bring your camera but using flash is prohibited . there is a small charge to use your camera inside the monastery. This will just be half an hour to 45 minutes activity once you are wandering around the bharkhor street. You will be able to sight the nuns preparing amulets or butter lamps on a normal day . If you are lucky then you might be able to see the nuns while chanting prayers on a special day or occasion.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

The nunnery felt very warm when compared with the monasteries that seemed rather cold and distant. We felt welcome and loved being there.

Thank Hepi19
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TibetCtrip-Tony, marketing at Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, responded to this reviewResponded 14 January 2018

Thank you for sharing your experience of visiting this attraction in Lhasa. It is recommended to visit it, with easy walking access, you do not need to hire a car like visiting other things far out of town. Many ways to help travelers get cheaper Tibet tour and authentic experiences. Regarding how to travel Tibet in a budget, travelers can refer to ExploreChinaTibet "dot" Com.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Within the city, very near the Barkhor Street, on a beautiful Street through a beautiful door very Tibetan style with a small shop run by a Buddhist nun who sells quality crafts made in this monastery as other things of other craftsmen It is well worth a visit. Now turn to a courtyard that is very old with several rooms and buildings and beautiful plants showing the activity of the ribbons, a few are washing the pots of food, other are doing the wash, other are in the kitchen preparing tea and rice. Others are in a greenhouse of crystals, writing prayers and offerings on tiny pieces of paper that sold to visitors then, burn them and that prayers or wishes go to heaven. The main hall of the temple up a stairway is medium but light. And there is one of the goddesses with many arms of the beautiful I've seen. A small gift is paid to access the site.

Thank RYMIDO
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Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

We went there on our last day in Lhasa. (We have never seen Buddhist nuns before.) It was quite interesting. The ladies were super nice. They let us in to see their prayer time and allow us to take pictures and videotape. They also let us stay over their lunch, and even gave us their bread to try.
It was interesting to see all communist symbolics inside. It looked more like a parody!
The Nunnery wan't large and in one hour or less was enough to see pretty much everything.

They changed 40 rmb to enter. At least this is what we paid.

There is a craft shop by the exit with a lot of cool stuff made by the nuns. It is cheaper than in other places and all the money goes back to the nunnery. I highly recommend shopping there and helping the ladies.

Thank Oxana_Sk
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Reviewed 21 June 2017

The buildings are average, but it is good to see the nuns in action. You get a good impression of their life.

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