Yunnan Attraction

Sumtseling Monastery

Sumtseling Monastery | 松赞林寺

Sumtseling Monastery is also called Sungtseling OR Song Zan Lin monastery. It is a Gelug pa tradition monastery seated approximately 5 kilometers outside the city of Shangri La (also known as Zhongdian or Gyeltang) in the southern edge of Kham, now it is administrated by Yunnan province.

Buit Time

Being built in 1679 AD


Gelug Pa sect monastery of Tibetan religion

Since its shape is very similar to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, therefore it is often refereed as “Little Potala Palace”

Sumtseling Monastery was established by the 5th Dalai Lama in 1679. It was built during the rule of Kangxi Emperor (1662-1722) of Qing dynasty. According to the legend that Kangxi Emperor was also associated in searching the reincarnation of 7th Dalai Lama. Its architecture is a synthesis of the Tibetan and Chinese. The monastery is kind like a stronghold that has solid, thick city walls and even five gates. The main hall is a Five-Story Tibetan Towers like building, it is able to accommodate more than 1,600 pilgrims to practice and chanting. The statue of 5th and 7th Dalai Lama are made and being placed in this main hall. It was severely damaged in the 10 years Cultural Revolution and being rebuilt in 1983; The monastery used to house more than 2,000 monks; and now there are still 700 monks study and live in this monastery

Address & Contact

Add : No. 3, Niwang St. Shangri La city | 建塘镇尼旺路3号
Phone : +86 887 822-9411

Opening hour

08:00 am – 18:00 pm

Season defination

High Travel Season: from April 21st to October 19th
Low Travel Season: from October 20th to the next April 20th

Entrance Fee

Full rate : RMB 115.00 per person

Sumtseling Monastery Festivals

Ge-dong Festival

Date: From 29th on the 12th month of Tibetan calendar
Duration: 3-4 days
Programs: Worship deities, including Mask Dance, chanting, praying
Festival style: Religious festival

Horse Racing Festival

Date: From 5th day of the 5th month of China Lunar Calendar
Duration: 3 days
Programs: Horse Racing, horse trading, dancing, singing
Festival style: cultural folk festival

How to Get There

By Bus

Take No.3, get off the bus at terminal “Song-Zan-Lin-Si-Stop | 松赞林寺站”

By Taxi

from Shangri La city to Sumtseling Monastery usually costs 10.00 – 15.00 RMB ne way

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