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Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse

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The largest operating religious institution in Tibet, Tashilunpo Monastery is home to the world's biggest gilded statue Maitreya Buddha--Buddha of the Future. The first Dalai Lama founded the monastery in 1447 and, while other Tibetan monasteries were severely damaged during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the major structures of this one survived almost intact. Walk the cobbled alleys winding around aged buildings and see many photographs of Panchen Lamas--the highest-ranking lamas after Dalai Lama. Look for the Panchen Lama palace with golden stupas and three statues representing Amitabha Buddha, Buddha of Infinite Light. Arrange to visit Tashilunpo Monastery and other attractions in Shigatse using our Shigatse itinerary maker.
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  • It's at the base of a mountain that has the sky burials at the top. That's mainly what we went there for. The structure of this monastery is nice to look at. Inside it's like other monasteries. If you...  more »
  • This is an impressive monastery where the Panchen Lama resides. There are monks everywhere wearing traditional robes and shoes. Most of this place was destroyed during the cultura revolution so most s...  more »
  • This city like monastry was such a delight. The architecture, the small winding roads and the various temples give you an insight to this religious community and life of Tibetan monks. This is a gem t...  more »
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  • Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is the seat of succesive Panchen Lamas and a must see attraction in Tsang region of Tibet.
  • Big and very interesting monastery, must be visited. Opportunities for nice photographs._
  • Must visit place when you go to Tibet. Big area of Monastery sorrounding the mountain.
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