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Sungtseling
Diqing Top 4 in Can't Miss Attractions

4.5/5
2,060 Reviews
Temple
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Open Open from 7:30am-7:00pm
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: No. 3, Niwang Road, Jiantang Town, Shangri-La County, Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture
Official website: http://www.szljq.com/
Phone: 0887-8229411

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We rented electric bikes to get here. Fun driving. But arrived quite late around 5.45pm. We only have until 6.30pm. After the entrance, we had to take the compulsory shuttle bus up to the temple. It was crowded so it’s hard to take any good photos left alone enjoying the sacred atmosphere in the temple. But the temple itself is great. I enjoyed every stairs up and every corners and turns. Should spend more time if you plan to come here so that you can wander around the village and the lake. Don’t just leave after the temple.

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  • AlexanderOH
    AlexanderOH
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    Very peaceful place

    The monks are very kind and friendly! The place itself is very beautiful peaceful. The architecture and decorations are amazing! You can get a lot of information about the Tibetan Buddhism religion fr...

    Reviewed on /Date(1600777679000+0800)/
  • KodoDrummer
    KodoDrummer
    Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Urals District
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    A precious treasure of China

    This monastery-temple is amazingly beautiful and houses a treasure of religious works of art. A great place to experience Tibetan Buddhism culture.

    Reviewed on /Date(1600305963000+0800)/
  • AntuanLA
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    Must see in Shangri-La

    Maybe not as impresive as Llhasa, but still a very nice complex with different monasteries which have been built over the years. Some of the just new. It´s a must see in Shangri-La. Over 600 monks liv...

    Reviewed on /Date(1598069954000+0800)/
  • Traveller_Oldie
    Traveller_Oldie
    East London, South Africa
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    Impressive Monastry

    It is a must see in Shangri-La. The huge monastery fills a whole hill and the three main chambers are huge with many statues and murals. Only for those that have an interest in religion and history.

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  • SylviaMao
    SylviaMao
    New York City, New York
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    Beautiful monastery with amazing views

    Really enjoyed our visit to the monastery which took about 3-4 hours including transport. If staying in old town, catch public bus number 3 to the second last stop which is the ticket office. It is lo...

    Reviewed on /Date(1596746856000+0800)/

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Introduction

Sungtseling—or Ganden Sumtseling Monastery—is also known Guihuasi (Temple of Returning to Norms). It is a large Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan and is also one of the centers of the Gelug (Yellow) School of Buddhism. Built in 1679, the temple was given its name by the fifth Lama. Sungtseling is built into, around and on the mountainside. As it looks similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, it is sometimes affectionately called the Little Potala Palace. Because of the temple's many cultural and religious treasures as used in Tibetan Buddhism, this site is absolutely worth a visit.
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