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  • going up? - Gyangze
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  • behind, the wall of pelkor chode - Gyangze
      behind, the wall of pelkor chode
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  • in front, the dzong - Gyangze
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if you ask me, the best way to climb the kumbum is to take the outside way up and then the inside way down - or the other way around. the point is, to see everything inside as well as all the great views outside.

what i did was take the external route up, circling the outer ledge of each level before taking the stairs up to the next. this way, i was able to see panoramic views (360 degrees!) of the surroundings - the wall and temples of pelkor chode, the dzong, the town, and the fields of gyangze. views vary at each level so it's not a repetitive process at all. just be careful and make sure you don't fall of the ledges!

after enjoying the great views at the top, i made my way all the way down through the interior so i also got to experience its rich murals and statues - best of both worlds!

the Y10 price for taking your camera up is a bargain. take lots of pictures!

Address: within the grounds of pelkor chode monastery
Directions: the kumbum, within pelkor chode monastery, gyangze

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  • Updated Jan 22, 2007
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