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Address: Basiba Road, Sa'gya County 857800, China
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09:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Sakya Kloster is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' due to its colossal...

Sakya Kloster is famed as the 'Second Dunhuang' due to its colossal collection of numerous Tibetan Buddhist scriptures, murals and Thangkas. According to statistics, about 40,000 volumes of scriptures are housed there. A wooden bookshelf which is about 57 meters (187 feet) long, 11 meters high (36 feet) and one meter wide (three feet) has 464 grids. More than ten thousand scriptures are housed on the shelf. Among them, the most precious is Burde Gyaimalung, which records Tibetan religion, history, philosophy, literature, agriculture and animal husbandry. It is 1.8 meters (six feet) long, 1.3 meters (four feet) wide and 0.67 meter (two feet) thick and boasts the biggest scriptures in the world. Additionally, it also houses 21 volumes of Buddhist scriptures written on Pattra leaves in Sanskrit. Each consists of one hundred to two hundred pages and four-color illustrations. They are the most precious sutras in the world.

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Beautiful and large monastery

Beautiful and quite large monastery with awesome views of surrounding area. Mongolian architecture is quite different from those seen in Lhasa and surrounding area. Artwork and... read more

Reviewed 15 January 2017
Slatington, Pennsylvania
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Slatington, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful and quite large monastery with awesome views of surrounding area. Mongolian architecture is quite different from those seen in Lhasa and surrounding area. Artwork and artifacts were impressive.

Thank Suet910
Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 9 November 2015

Sakya Gompa is located approx 20 km off the National Highway 318 in a side valley. The whole area of the monastery as well as the surrounding town were recently renovated, freshly painted, partially reconstructed as well as furbished with new pavements. The town looks clean and inviting and even modern public toilets were built (also inside the monastery) which... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 29 October 2015

The architecture and the colours of the Tibetan houses are different to the rest of the area, the monastery itself huge and worth to see. A hidden treasure!

1 Thank Zwillingsseele
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 August 2015

This lies off the road between Shigatse and the point where the road divides, one branch to Kathmandu, the other to Ali and Kashgar. Sakya is the main monastery for the Sakyapa sect. It is a very impressive and imposing monastery with the striking colour scheme carrying over into the naeighbouring village/town. Visit the teaching institute over the road and... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2015

We opted to stay at the sakya, its off the freedom highway,its a large monestery built in 1268, different feature to other monesry,building ,its ash grey wth with white stripes. ,it's lost it charm As lots of construction all around ,monks quater is moved. As there is no forum to write re the friendship highway ,the highway is upgraded bends... More 

Thank pranjo49
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 February 2015 via mobile

Sakya Monastery from the outside looks more like a fort or castle than a Monastery. It's historical association with China spared it from much of the destruction and vandalism that took place during the cultural revolution. The main temple is a massive structure with a number of chapels. For us the highlight of the visit was the library in the... More 

Thank Wilcoxm51
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Reviewed 22 October 2014

This is an ancient monastery with a rich history and heritage. Do take a guide or have someone give you the story behind the monastery and the various establishments around it.

Thank Samdave69
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Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

The monastery is big. It has a number of chapels which are very interesting and the assembly hall is huge. I especially liked the section with manuscripts.

1 Thank Ouranoupoli
Navi Mumbai, India
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

this is perhaps the only monastery in tibet to have black borders. beautiful inside, and lovely and serene views. there are a lot of rare artifacts there but the murals exposed to the elements are beginning to fade which is a pity as they are so beautiful. the ravages of time i guess. since the weather is still good ,... More 

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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 23 August 2013

Sakya Monastery is yet another monastery not to be missed! It's quite different from all the other monasteries in Tibet and it's definitely worth visiting. After visiting the Assembly Hall, my group and I walked around the ramparts as the view was wonderful from up there. We were also lucky to experience the Harvest Festival, a genuine Tibetan celebration.

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