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Songzanlin Monastery

Songzanlin Monastery also known as Guihua Monastery, is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province. It is located near to Shangri-La County, at the foot of Foping Mountain. 

Songzanlin Monastery was built from 1679 and was completed two years later. It looks like a group of ancient castles and is composed of two lamaseries. The main halls of the monastery are magnificent with its wonderful frescos on its left and right sides, depicting Buddhist tales and legends. The inside-halls running through with cloisters are all decorated with beautiful sculptures and consummate frescos.

Songzanlin Monastery contains lots of treasures including golden figures of Buddha josses, golden lamps, Tibetan lections, silver censers and so on. All of these are wonderful collections accumulated from each dynasty.Beautiful Songzenlin Monastery

Songzanlin Monastery has another alias - 'the little Potala Palace', so named because the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere. In 1679, Dalailama chose this place by divination, and it went on to become the uppermost public place in Yunan which features the particular local characteristics. Annually, the Gedong Festival is celebrated here by the Tibetans. Pious believers, with their knees and foreheads knocking the ground at every step, come here to pray.

Songzanlin Monastery now claims many hundreds monks, though most of these stay at home and work with their families and only come together as a single body on area festival occasions.


Songzanlin Monastery Tour

As situated in the high altitude region over 3,300 meters (about 10,827 feet) high, it snows even in August, and has a rainy season that runs from June through September. Therefore, spring and summer are the best seasons for people to visit Songzanlin Monastery.

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