Attractions

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Gyantse Kumbum

Commissioned by a local prince in 1427 and sitting beside Palcho Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s foremost attraction. This 32m-high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and crown-li…
Buddhist Monastery in Gyantse

Palcho Monastery

The high red-walled compound in the far north of Gyantse houses Palcho Monastery, founded in 1418. The main assembly hall is of greatest interest, but there are several other chapels to see. There’s a small but visi…
Buddhist Monastery in Gyantse

Tsechen Monastery

The traditional village of Tsechen is located about 5km northwest of Gyantse en route to Shigatse. The small Sakyapa-school Tsechen Ge Tubden Rabgye Ling Monastery – home to 26 monks – sits just above the village. I…
Buddhist Monastery in Gyantse

Rabse Nunnery

This charming nunnery (ani gompa in Tibetan) hidden behind the hill that runs between Palcho Monastery and the Gyantse Dzong, is home to 44 nuns. It is a delightful place decorated with prayer flags, chörtens, mani …
Museum in Gyantse

Tsang Traditional Folk House

This private folk museum opposite Palha Manor offers an excellent introduction into Tibetan farm life. Alongside mock-ups of a traditional kitchen, mustard seed oil press and chang (barley beer) still, are such trea…
Buddhist Temple in Gyantse

Guru Lhakhang Temple

This hugely atmospheric Red Hat sect temple is located east of Gyantse Dzong. The temple is dedicated to the 8th century Indian master Padmasambhava (aka Guru Rinpoche or Guru Lhakhang in Tibetan), who founded Samye…
Ruins in Gyantse

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. Ruins – including what was once the main Drölma Lhakhang – s…
Museum in Gyantse

Palha Manor

This former merchant’s house once belonged to the largest noble family in Tsang (the Palha – one of the five largest in Tibet), but is now a government-run museum thick with political spin on the evils of feudal exp…
Fort in Gyantse

Gyantse Dzong

The main reason to make the 20-minute climb to the top of this 14th-century fort is for the fabulous views of Palcho Monastery and Gyantse's whitewashed old town below. Most visitors drive up halfway to the top but …