Built in the year 1447, Tashilhunpo Monastery has become a prominent landmark on the face of Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. It is one of the four great monasteries in Tibet. The other three are Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and Jokhang Monastery. The monastery has been the seat of Panchen Lama for hundreds of years who is the second most important religious leader of Tibet after Dalai Lama. The monastery witnesses the largest number of visitors during the Buddha Thangka display festival which is held on every 14, 15 and 16 of May according to Tibetan calendar. If possible you can also make a trip to this monastery during these days, the festival sights are really amazing. Inside the monastery, just walk around and you will come across Maitreya hall, the most important of the monastery, where you will see the biggest statue of sitting Maitreya Buddha statue. The hall has different floors, so go to the top floor from where you will get the best view of the statue. The monastery is a must visit for all who come to Tibet.
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
Ticket fare: CNY55