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
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
tour package for you.
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