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Ganden Monastery

Admission Fee: CNY 45.
Opening time:09:00 to 16:00
Best time for visit: Need to spend just 2 hours to visit, but as it is far away from the city, so it altogether needs 1 day

How to Get There

1)There are shuttle buses at the square of Jokhang Temple. The bus begins to run at 07:00 in the morning and return at 14:00 in the afternoon. The round-trip ticket is CNY 20


If you are having a Lhasa package tour,our Lhasa travel guide will introduce you to see the Ganden Monastery ,which is one of the Lhasa tourist attractions,thus giving you a complete sightseeing in Lhasa.
Ganden Monastery was founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa, the originator of the Gelugpa, or Yellow Hat, branch of Tibetan Buddhism. It is one of the three principle Gelugpa monasteries in the Lhasa district. Ganden is listed as one of Tibet' s cultural relics, under the special protection of the State. During the Tibetan Rebellion of 1959 and the Cultural Revolution, Ganden was badly damaged. Special funds have been provided since the 1980s by the state for its reconstruction.

Ganden Monastery is located on the southern bank of Lhasa River, 60 km from Lhasa City. It is one of the earliest and largest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa, a branch of Tibetan Buddhism. Every year, Buddha Painting Unfolding Festival is held in the monastery, attracting thousands of visitors and disciples.

Ganden Monastery was completely destroyed during the rebellion of 1959. In 1966 it was severely shelled by Red Guard artillery and monks then had to dismantle the remains. Most of Tsongkhapa's mummified body was burned but his skull and some ashes were saved from the fire by Bomi Rinpoche, the monk who had been forced to carry the body to the fire. Re-building has been continuing since the 1980s and the "red-painted lhakang in the centre is the reconstruction of Ganden's sanctum sanctorum containing Tsongkapa's reliquary chorten called the Tongwa Donden, 'Meaningful to Behold.'

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