Top 10 Must-See Buddhist Monasteries and Temples in Tibet
Tibetan Monasteries; Top 10 Must-see Buddhist Monasteries and Temples in Tibet-Ganden Monastery Tour

As a holy land of Buddhism, every year numerous foreign travellers come to Tibet to a pilgrimage tour. For tourists, visting monasteries and temples in Tibet is the most effective way to discover mysterious Tibetan Buddhism. You also experience authentic Tibetan culture. Therefore, Tibet Travel Expert makes a list of Top 10 Must-see Tibetan monasteries and temples with detailed information.

Top 10 Buddhist Monasteries and Temples in Tibet

Name in English Name in Chinese Tradition Altitude Note Location
1 Jokhang Temple 大昭寺 Gelug 3,650 meters The Most Sacred and Important Temple in Tibet Lhasa
2 Ganden Monastery 甘丹寺 Gelug 3800 meters The First Monastery of the Gelugpa Sect in Tibetan Buddhism Lhasa
3 Sera Monastery 色拉寺 Gelug 3,700 meters Renowned for “Monk Debate” Lhasa
4 Drepung Monastery 哲蚌寺 Gelug 3,800 meters Once the Largest Monastery in Tibet Lhasa
5 Samye Monastery 桑耶寺 Nyingma 3,700 meters The First Buddhist Monastery in Tibet Lhoka
6 Rongbuk Monastery 绒布寺 Nyingma 4,980 meters The Highest Monastery in the World Shigatse
7 Pelkor Chode Monastery 白居寺 Gelug, Shalu, Sakya 3, 900 meters Typically Combination of Tibet Buddhism Monastery and Temple Shigatse
8 Tashilhunpo Monastery 扎什伦布寺 Gelug 3,880 meters Seat of Panchen Lama Shigatse
9 Sakya Monastery 萨迦寺 Sakya 4,316 meters Seat of Sakya Sect in Tibetan Buddhism Shigatse
10 Drak Yerpa Monastery 扎耶巴寺 Nyingma 5,000 meters One of the Four Best Meditation Retreats in Tibet Lhasa

Hope all foreign travellers can have a good time in Tibet. If you are interested in a Tibetan monastery tour or any other Tibet tours, please feel free to contact our local travel agency and we will help you to organize a suitable trip in Tibet.

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