Attractions

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Gyantse Kumbum

Commissioned by a Gyantse prince in 1427 and sitting inside the Pelkor Chöde complex, the Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s foremost attraction. The 32m-high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes…
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Pelkor Chöde Monastery

The high red-walled compound in the far north of town houses Pelkor Chöde Monastery, founded in 1418. The main assembly hall is the main attraction but there are several other chapels to see. There’s a small but vis…
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Tsechen Monastery

The traditional village of Tsechen is located about 5km northwest of Gyantse and is a worthy stop en route to Shigatse. The small Sakyapa-school Tsechen Ge Tubden Rabgye Ling monastery sits just above the village, b…
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Assembly Hall

The assembly hall is straight ahead as you walk into the Pelkor Chöde compound. The entrance is decorated with statues of the Four Guardian Kings, instead of the usual paintings, and a large Wheel of Life mural. Jus…
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Rabse Nunnery

Hidden behind the hill that runs between the monastery and the dzong, this charming nunnery (ani gompa in Tibetan) is a delightful place decorated with prayer flags, chörtens, mani lhakhang (prayer wheel chapels) an…
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Gyantse Dzong

The main reason to make the 20-minute climb to the top of the Gyantse Dzong is for the fabulous views of the Pelkor Chöde Monastery and Gyantse's whitewashed old town below. Most visitors drive up halfway to the top…
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Palha Manor

This impressive former merchant’s house is now a government museum thick with political spin on the evils of feudal exploitation. Don't be put off, enough fascinating fragments remain to give a picture of upper-clas…
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Gönlong Retok Ganden Retreat

Hidden in the fold of a valley north of town, this ruined and little-visited monastery is a 7km drive from Gyantse from a turn-off near the Rabse Nunnery. There are ruins all around the site, including what was once…
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Tsang Traditional Folk House

If you have a spare 40 minutes, this private folk museum opposite Palha Manor is worth a visit. Alongside the normal mock-ups of a traditional kitchen, mustard seed oil press and chang (barley beer) still, are such …
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Ganden Lhakhang

The new and easily overlooked Ganden Lhakhang chapel to the left of the kumbum is worth a quick peek for the largest Tsongkhapa statue in Tibet. The Sakya-school Kurba Tratsang next to the assembly hall is also wort…