China : Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, ubiquitous with paradise

Written by Joanne Ng

This monastery in Shangri-La is called Songzanlin Monastery, also Ganden Sumtseling Monastery or Guihua Monastery. It is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province which belongs to Yellow Hat Sect of Gelug. I find the place fascinating with the beauty of architecture and greenery scenery. I get to witness white yaks and that is one of my unique highlights when I am in Ganden Sumtseling Monastery.

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Songzanlin Monastery is a religious site, so I advise travelers to dress modestly. When visiting the temple, please visit by clockwise. Don’t talk too loud, don’t smoke inside the temple. Songzanlin Monastery is located 5 km north of Shangri-La County. I transferred from Shangri-La Dukezong Old Town to the monastery. Another way is to take No.3 Bus at the front of Moonlight.

Square with 30 minutes to Songzanlin Monastery. You can get there by biking (20 minutes) or by walking (about 1 hour).

Best Time: March to May and September to November
Recommended Visiting Hours: about 2-3 hours
Opening Hours: 08:00~18:00
Ticket: 115 Yuan per person

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