Samding monastery | 桑定寺

Samding monastery is regarded as a “The Temple of Meditation”, located on a steep hilltop some 10 kilometers east from Langkazi county by Yamdrok lake. It is Shambang Kagyu tradition , a branch of Kagyu Pa of Tibetan Buddhism with history of 300 years.

Samding Monastery was the seat of the Dorje Pakmo, the only monastery in Tibet that has female as abbot. It was founded at the edge of Yamdrok Lake by the 1st Dorje Pakmo – the Cho kyi Zo Me (1424-1458) in 1440. The monastery was built on the site which was an Buddhism institution founded in the 12th century. The whole construction of Samding is like Potala palace in Lhasa, with two parts of “Red Palace” and “White palace”;

Samding monastery accepts monks and nuns. In the earth 20th century, there were nearly 200 monks and nuns, then it constantly reduced, and now it still houses about 80 monks and nuns. Since the 8th Dorje Pakmo, whom was granted as “ Tulku ” , there are 12 generations of Dorje Pakmo by far.


Langkazi county (10 km south of the county)

Opening hour

09:00 am – 17:00 pm

Entrance fee

RMB 30.00 per person


4,550 meters above sea level

Samding monastery location

How to get there

Samding monastery is located in Langkazi county in between Lhasa and Gyantse. There is no direct bus line to this site, but the buses from Lhasa to Gyantse will stop at Langkazi county, from which you can take local vehicle to get to this site

-1), By chartered vehicle:
–from Lhasa to Samding Monastery, it usually costs RMB 1,000-1,500.00 per day for a 4-6 seats mini van

-2), By bus: rate: RMB 50.00 per person one way, start from Lhasa, Terminal: Langkazi county ; then to take local mini bus to this monastery, 2- 3 trips a day, rates: RMB 10.00 per person

-3), to join one day tour of Yamdrok lake and Samding Monastery via local tour operator

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