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Songzang Lin Lama Temple

Songzanlin Monastery, being the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan, is also known as Guihua Monastery. Songzanlin Lama Temple is one of the famous monasteries in the Kang region, nicknamed as 'the little Potala Palace ', for the whole monastery is in the traditional style with mysterious atmosphere. The Songzanlin Monastery is located 5 kilometers away from Shangri -La County, at the foot of Foping Mountain. The Songzanlin Monastery started to be built in 1679 and was completed two years later. The Songzanlin Monastery seems like a group of ancient castles and is composed of two lamaseries, Zhacang and Jikang.
The gilded copper roof endows the Songzanlin Monastery with strong Tibetan features and the 108 (an auspicious number in Buddhism) columns downstairs also feature the monastery with characteristics of Han nationality. The Songzanlin Monastery is full of treasures. There are a lot of golden figures of Buddha josses, golden lamps, Tibetan lections, silver censers and so on. All of these are wonderful collections accumulated from each dynasty. Here is some guide information about Songzanlin Monastery if you have chance to travel there: Location: Shangrila county, Yunan province. Admission Fee: CNY80/Person  Opening hours: 05:30-18:00  Contact number: + 86-10-85968802

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