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Tashilhungpo Monastry

Tashilhungpo Monastry


Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet. It is famous for the Tashilhunpo Monastery built in 1447- the seat of the Panchen Lama that once housed over 4000 monks, but now there are only 600. Very little remains of the old Shigatse Fortress, but the ruins on the skyline are imposing all the same.

One of the main attractions in Shigatse is the Tashilhungpo monastry, seat of the Panchen Lama(who now resides in Beijing). An interesting kora runs outside the monastry walls & takes about 30 minutes to complete. There is a secondary kora that leads beyond the monastry up to the dzong & back again taking about an hour in all. Walking the kora is a good way to meet some of the locals.

Accomodation is varied but one of the best places to stay is Tenzin hotel below the dzong. It has good rates, a restaurant & internet. This town is also a good place to change money or get cash from an ATM...beyond Shigatse no ATMs are available(although there is said to be one opening soon in Lhatse).

The dzong itself is being rebuilt & looks to be a replica of the Potala in Lhasa, though built in concrete. With the exception of a few walls little remains of the original building.


December 07, 2006 change by saghia (2 points)

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