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Tashilhunpo Monastery

One of the few monasteries in Tibet to weather the stormy seas of the Cultural Revolution, Tashilhunpo remains relatively unscathed. It is a pleasure to explore the cobbled lanes twisting around its aged...

Buddhist Monastery in Shigatse

Shalu Monastery

It’s a treat for the traveller when a sight is both a pleasure to explore and of great artistic importance. Such is Shalu Monastery, which dates back to the 11th century. It's worth a visit for its fine murals...

Palace in Shigatse

Summer Palace of the Panchen Lamas

Though it ranks far below Tashilhunpo, if you have extra time in Shigatse, pay a visit to this walled palace complex at the southwestern end of town. The original palace was built in 1844 by the seventh Panchen...

Buddhist Monastery in Shigatse

Nartang Monastery

Just a few kilometres outside of Shigatse, this 12th-century Kadampa monastery is famed for wood-block printing the Nartang canon in the 18th century. Treasures in the assembly hall include small statues of Denba...

Fort in Shigatse

Shigatse Dzong

Once the residence of the kings of Tsang and later the governor of Tsang, very little remained of this dzong (fort) after it was destroyed in the popular uprising of 1959. Rebuilt in the 2000s, Shigatse is now...

Park in Shigatse

Darawa Linka

Locals make merry at this park on the eastern side of Shigatse. Grab a bottle of Lhasa Beer and join them. There are a couple of dozen tents where people kick back, drink and play sho (a Tibetan board game) and...

Buddhist Site in Shigatse

Mani Lhakhang

This tiny, ancient chapel in Shigatse's Tibetan old town houses a building-sized prayer wheel and is home to two monks.