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Gedan Songzanglin - Shangri La Travel
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Songzanlin Monastery, or known as “Little Potala” according to its appearance, is a traditional Lama monastery located just 5 kilometres away from the Shangri La / Zhongdian Old town. It was built in 1679 and has been reconstructed several times as it is considered to be one of the most significant monasteries among Yunnan. Today, Songzanlin is the home for more or less 700 monks and Lamas for their monastic lives.
 
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Inside the main complex, many historical Buddhist events are well-illustrated by three bronze statues and the colourful murals. They represent the Lord Buddha’s life, and the wheel of life that characterize the six realms of existence: heaven, demigods, humankind, hell, hungry ghosts and animals. However the centre of the wheels symbolizes the three harms of life - ignorance, hatred and greed.
 
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On every 29 November of the Lunar year, the monastery becomes even more mysterious and sacred with the annual Tibetan Gedong Festival when a mask dancing performance is held.
 
Entrance fee of SONGZANLIN MONASTERY: 30 RMB per person

Access: The Songzanlin Monastery is about 5 km north of Shangri La (Zhongdian) old town. Public bus No.3 (cost RMB 1) arrives directly to the entrance of the monastery. Otherwise you can take a taxi which cost around RMB 30 from downtown Shangri La. The visiting can take more than one hour if you are fascinated with the mysterys of Tibetan Buddhism and history.

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