We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“An interesting stop on Songtsam circuit”
Review of Dongzhulin Temple

Dongzhulin Temple
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
2 Days Mekong Grand Canyon and Meili Snow...
Reviewed 19 November 2015

We stopped at this monastery on our drive from Benzalin to Meili lodges on the Songtsam circuit. When stopped in the mid-morning when it was very quiet, and unfortunately we didn't see too many monks. Although the monastery sight is very old, the building itself is relatively new. The monks gave us cans of Red Bull as a sacred offering .... apparently a favorite drink of monks to keep them awake during chanting.

Thank Jeff L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (20)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

5 - 9 of 20 reviews

Reviewed 10 April 2015

Built in 1667 and located in Shusong Village, 105 km from Shangri-La and 20 km from Benzilin Town, this monastery looks like it is perched on a cliff. A Tibetan monastery belonging initially to the white hat sect, Kagyugpa, it was later converted to the yellow hat sect or Gelugpa. There is a small entrance fee charged. We were really excited to visit and we had read up a lot about this monastery orior to our visit. We went in the afternoon and it was deserted. There is a center court and three buildings surround it. Shoes have to be removed before entry into the main assembly hall. Beautiful statues, tankas and paintings adorn the walls. What spoiled our visit was a lama, noticing the camera hang around my neck, shouted loudly and rudely at me in the sanctity and stillness of the prayer hall to say that photography is not allowed. He clearly startled us. No awareness on his part as I was not even using my camera. We had travelled so far to visit this monastery and felt sad that this left a lasting bad taste in our mouth. We will not be back.

Thank nellielim
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 September 2013

I visited Dongzhulin Monastery three times, Dongzhulin monastery is on the way from Shangri-la to Deqing County and nearby the first bend of Jinshajiang River (upper ranch of Yangtze River). At the beginning or middle of the month, you will see local people coming to preach at the monastery. Comparing to Songzanlin monastery in Shangri-la, Dongzhulin is more interesting and few tourists.

Thank Billy Z
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 May 2013

We visited the Dongzhulin Temple one afternoon in April from our boutique lodge outside Benzilan. The temple is spectacularly sited, perched nearly on the edge of a cliff -- like the monastery/ harem in the Powell/ Pressburger movie 'Black Narcissus. You enter through a big, open courtyard, where festivals are celebrated, into the large prayer hall, with its towering red lacquered columns. When we arrived, the monks were seated in the hall chanting and praying and mostly ignoring us -- although there were a few discreet smiles and welcoming hand-waves. We walked around the walls, decorated with beautiful tankas and Buddhist wall paintings and colorful statuary.

We were able to go upstairs to the second and even third stories of the Temple to inspect the various elaborately decorated shrines and traditional Tibetan Buddhist religious art and watch some of the art being restored by a pair of monks. At no point did anyone bother us or prevent us from looking. And best of all, there were no other tourists there.

Note: of course the temple is not handicapped or wheelchair accessible.

All in all a wonderful experience and worth the trip to Benzilan.

Thank Madmonk_13
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 28 November 2012

Well. I have seen loads of buddhist temples in China, Tibet and Bhutan. This one is more like the Bhutanese ones, like a fortress commanding the hillside. It had the most amazing butter ornaments i've ever seen at the main altar. Unfortunately no photographing inside allowed. The village around it is worth a stroll, and the location up on the rock is a sight in itself.
At certain times the lamas hold spiritual mask dance performances, but we didn't get to see it. There is a display of the dance costumes though.

Thank nothe2le
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Dongzhulin Temple also viewed

Deqin County, Yunnan
Deqin County, Yunnan
Deqin County, Yunnan

Been to Dongzhulin Temple? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing