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Pabangka Monastery

North of Lhasa city, near Sera monastery, Lhasa 850000, China
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Pabongka Monastery (Pabongka means ‘giant stone palace’ in Tibetan language) is situated about 9 km away from west of Sera Monastery, in north of Lhasa city. The shape of the huge stone in Pabongka is like a turtle and forms a unique style of this ancient monastery. Pabongka Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries around Lhasa, built in the 7th century by King Songtsen Gampo.
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9 Oct 2016
“A small monastery with great history and terrific view of Lhasa”
25 Oct 2015
“Small, but very authentic”
North of Lhasa city, near Sera monastery, Lhasa 850000, China
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

This small monastery, a few kilometers from Sera Monastery and 750 feet above the 12,000 foot elevation of the city, is worth a visit to visit some ancient shrines (including one in a cave), and learn about "sky burials". Need a driver to get you...More

Thank Jerry J
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Really interesting ride out here, passing thru small, rural village without any of the glitz or polish of the urban Lhasa area. Poverty is obvious, and nothing appeared very clean either. The monastery has a couple of features I hadn't seen elsewhere: the cave temple...More

Thank Quasimama
Reviewed 25 August 2015

The Pabangka Monastery was home to two diving tortoises, male and female which now exist as two giant boulders that form this monastery.

Thank Antionio10
Reviewed 9 May 2015

Loved the temples inside, we only saw a monk and no nuns. Best part was the herd of yaks on the hills. Wanted to see yaks and this was last day, and there they were! Loved the isolation, loved the view of Lhasa from up...More

Thank Tinnesz
Reviewed 17 April 2015

you can walk around but there is not much to see. Sera monastery is far better for getting a view of the life of a monk in Tibet

Thank breggie
Reviewed 20 March 2015

The quietness. Also seeing work in progress was fascinating. the lack of monks at the premises was unusual I thought, but ver serene

Thank whereareyounow
Reviewed 9 October 2014

Our tour guide took us here after we stayed on inLhasa for an extra day due to a delay in obtaining a permit for the next destination on the tour. Only a few km outside Lhasa and also a great vantage point to see the...More

Thank Andyrock81
Reviewed 7 December 2011

this monastery is only a few kms outside Lhasa and is quite interesting to visit. there are many chapels and temples to see and it is very quiet and peaceful.

Thank Burradoo
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