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Samye Monastery was the first monastery to be established in Tibet and the location where some of the earliest Tibetan monks were ordained. Built in the 8th century, the site isn’t only famous for its age, but also for being constructed in the shape of a giant mandala symbolizing the Buddhist universe. The prominent centerpiece of the mandala is the main temple, which represents the legendary Mt. Meru. This main temple is surrounded by four additional important structures, the lingshi temples representing the four continents. Additional flanking buildings embody islands, there is a sun temple to the north and a moon temple to the south and a thick wall topped with tiny white chortens encasing the whole world.

The buildings are all painted in the typical red, white and ochre colors and topped by gabled golden roofs glittering in the sun. Equally as impressive as the facades are the rooms of the monastery. Samye Monastery is renowned for the vivid art and there are hidden murals, huge and intricate mandalas covering the ceilings and carefully painted statues waiting to be discovered everywhere. One of those statues, and maybe even the artistic highlight of the temple, is a depiction of Chenresi, the patron deity of Tibet. He can be found inside Chenresi Lhakhang and is shown having a thousand arms to aid all the suffering beings in the world.

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Overview tour of Tibet - 6 days, pick up from Lhasa airport

Overview tour of Tibet - 6 days, pick up from Lhasa airport

Tour provides overview of main places to see in Lhasa and vicinity. Perfect for the first time visit to Tibet. We will take care of the organization of the entire trip: Tibet Travel permit, pick up and drop off at Lhasa airport, accommodation at 3-star hotel (breakfast and lunch incl.), and include guided tours to Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung monastery, Sera monastery, and Norbulingka. Please allow at least 3 weeks for Tibet travel permit to be issued and to be delivered to the address of the hotel in China of your choosing. Please contact us through Tripadvisor, via either email or phone number to provide us address of your hotel in China and details of date and time of your arrival to Lhasa airport for pick up. We also would need your passport information, nationality, gender, and details of your Chinese visa to be able to facilitate Tibet travel permit
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,070.00
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Day Trip: Tibet Samye Monastery

Day Trip: Tibet Samye Monastery

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Visit the sacred Samye Monastery on a day-long tour from Lhasa. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the site was the first Buddhist monastery to be built in Tibet. Learn about its lauded mandala design and admire a variety of Asian architectural styles as you explore with a guide. Admission fees are included, but Tibet travel permits are at your own expense and must be arranged with the local supplier 20 days before you travel.
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  • 8 hours
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$240.00
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Ganden Samye Trekking

Ganden Samye Trekking

Tibet Shambhala Adventure introduce you Tibet differently by arranging different unique and authentic Tibet trek. Ganden Samye trekking is one of the mid level best Tibet trek. It is not only one of the most attractive Tibet treks but also a Tibetan traditional pilgrimage trail between the two famous monasteries which are Ganden and Samye monasteries. Ganden monastery is the first ever Gelukpa school monastery built in 15th century by the great master Tsongka, the founder of the Gelukpa school and the Samye monastery is the first ever Nyingmapa or the first ever Tibetan monastery which was built in 8th century by the 38th Dharma King called Trisong Detsen. It is three and half days Tibet trek and the total distance of the Ganden Samye Tibet trek is around 80Km. The average daily walking hour is around 5-6 hours. The most part of the Ganden Samye Tibet trek is not very difficult except the Shugarla pass which is around 5000m so the day of trekking across Shugar la.
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  • 10 days
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$1,684.22
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6-Day Private Tour from Lhasa to Tsedang in Tibet

6-Day Private Tour from Lhasa to Tsedang in Tibet

Lhasa is the new capital and Tsedang is the old capital for Tibet, this 6-day tour will let you explore the colorful temples, market and enjoy the plateau landscape from Lhasa to Tsedang. Moreover, you will meet the nice local Tibetan guide and local people.
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  • 6 days
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6-Day Small Group Lhasa and Yarlung Tsangpo Valley Tour

6-Day Small Group Lhasa and Yarlung Tsangpo Valley Tour

This tour included all the highlights in Lhasa city: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery and Drepung Monstery. You can appreciate the Yarlung Tsangpo (Tibet’s largest and longest river)and visit the Samye monastery(the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet). Go for Kora (religious circle) around Hepori hill and enjoy the sand surrounding you. The local Tibetan English-speaking guide will help you understand Tibet culture better and you don't need to worry about the Tibet permit issue. Airport or train station pickup and drop-off also included for added convenience.
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  • 6 days
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Should I book Samye Monastery tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Samye Monastery can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Samye Monastery 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Samye Monastery costs USD 240.00. Guided Samye Monastery tours start around USD 240.00 per person.
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