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Samye Monastery (Sangye Si), Dranang County
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This monastery is very big. The large main building is surrounded by four big stupas of different colours, the stupas are of Nepali influence. I happened to arrive on what seemed like a special day, a... read more »
Another not often featured attraction on the fixed itineraries, but Samye was stunning in so many ways. The landscapes approaching Samye follow the big river, cutting through the barren mountains with... read more »
First and Oldest monastery in Tibet. Stay for two days. Trekking chimpuk hermit is recommended. Great semi dessert landscape
One of the most holiest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
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Fotografiando ViajesFantastic monastery, which the Yarlung Tsangpo River is accessed by a precious bordainedshow original
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