Ganden monastery is about 57 km East of Lhasa along the road that follows the south bank of the Kyi Chu river. The road turn-off is road marker “4591 km”. A small village is at the road junction, where turning right onto the mountain for approximately 15-17 km winding up road, the monastery is near the top of Wangbu Ri on the mountain ridge of Gokpo Ri .
It denotes the Paradise of Tushita and the abode of Jampa, which is the future Buddha.
Ganden is the foremost monastery of the Gelug pa, one of the ‘Great Three’ Gelug pa monasteries in the central Tibet, and also the most devastated among the Six Great Gelug pa Monasteries. It denotes the Paradise of Tushita and the abode of Jampa, which is the future Buddha. There were about more than 2,000 monks living in here, and now there are about 200-300 monks.
Ganden Monastery was founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa – the founder of the Gelug pa. After Tsongkhapa died there in 1419. His preserved body was entombed at Ganden by his disciples in a silver and gold encrusted tomb.
The Ganden’s full name is Ganden Namgyeling Monastery which is translated as, “Continent of Completely Victorious Happiness.” It was traditionally considered the seat of Gelug pa administrative and political power. Ganden contained more than 18 major chapels, each is with large Buddha statues. Among of which, the four main chapels are
Serdung Lhakhang, the chapel contains The Gold Tomb of Tsongkhapa
Ser Tri Khang, the chapel of Tsongkhapa’s Gold Throne. It also contains one Kagyu Library
Ngam Cho Khang, the chapel where Tsongkhapa taught
Amdo Khangtsen, the chapel used by monks coming from Amdo . This chapel contains wall paintings of 35 Buddhas of confession and the 16 Arhats, and the protector of Amdo which is called “Anima Ja”
Ganden Monastery Data
3,900 meters above sea level
Gelug pa Monastery
Address & Contact
Add : Wang Po Ri , Da Zi county
Phone: +86 891 614-2077
09:00 am – 16:00 pm
RMB 40.00 per person
How to Get There
By bus from Lhasa to Ganden monastery
Departure: 06:30 am
Ticket: RMB 10.00 per person – one way | Round trip – RMB 20.00 per person