The Songzanlin Lamasery is named
the Gedan Songzanlin Lamasery in Tibetan. It is located
at the foot of the Foping Mountains, 5 km north of Zhongdian
County and occupies an area of 500 mu. The monastery is
the largest Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Yunnan Province,
and also one of the famous monasteries in the Tibetan area.
It now has over 700 Buddhist monks.
The Songzanlin Lamasery was built
in 1679 under Emperor Kang Xi's authorization after the
fifth Dalai Lama sent a report to him, who named the temple
"Gedan Songlin".Emperor Yong Zheng granted it the name "Songzanlin
Lamasery". The temple was made after the Potala Palace in
Lasa, hence it has another name "Small Potala Palace". It
has hundreds of small houses for Buddhist monks and living
Buddhas. Besides the two main temple buildings at the top
in the centre, there are 8 wing buildings around them. One
main temple has 108 pillars in its main hall, which can
hold 1,600 monks sitting and chanting scriptures.
Most of our ready-made Yunnan
tours to Shangri-La including
the visit of Songzanlin Lamasery, we also offers tailor
made private tour to Songzanlin Lamasery, if you are interested
in taking such a trip, please email us, our tour operator
will customize a new Kunming
tour package for you.
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