Sumtseling Monastery is also called Sungtseling OR Song Zan Lin monastery. It is a Gelug pa tradition monastery seated approximately 5 kilometers outside the city of Shangri La (also known as Zhongdian or Gyeltang) in the southern edge of Kham, now it is administrated by Yunnan province.
Sumtseling Monastery was established by the 5th Dalai Lama in 1679. It was built during the rule of Kangxi Emperor (1662 AD-1722 AD) of Qing dynasty.
According to the legend that Kangxi Emperor was also associated in searching the reincarnation of 7th Dalai Lama. Its architecture is a synthesis of the Tibetan and Chinese.
The monastery is kind like a stronghold that has solid, thick city walls and even five gates. The main hall is a Five-Story typical Tibetan Towers, it is able to accommodate more than 1,600 pilgrims to practice and chanting. The statue of 5th and 7th Dalai Lama are made and being placed in this main hall. It was severely damaged in the 10 years Cultural Revolution and being rebuilt in 1983; The monastery used to house more than 2,000 monks; and now there are still 700 monks study and live in this monastery
Sumtseling Monastery Data
Address & Contact
Add: Ni Wang Road
Contact : +86 887 822-9411 / 822-2455
Website & Opening hour
Web : http://www.szljq.com/
08:00am – 18:00pm
RMB 115.00 per person
How to get to there
Sumtseling Monastery is situated in the north of Shangri La City, approximately 4 kilometers from the center of the downtown area; it can be easily reached by public transportation, or taxi
Line 3, get off the bus at terminal “Song-Zan-Lin-Si-Stop”
It usually costs 10.00 RMB
Puja & Festivals
- Date: 2021 February 10th to 13th | 2022 March 1st to 4th
- Programs: Worship deities, including Mask Dance, chanting, praying
- Festival style: Religious festival
Horse Racing Festival
- Date: 2021 June 25th to 27th | 2021 June 14th to 16th | 2022 June 3rd to 5th
- Programs: Horse Racing, horse trading, dancing, singing
- Festival style: cultural folk festival