"Interior Photography in Tibetan Monasteries" Tibet Local Custom Tip by Maria81

Tibet Local Customs: 111 reviews and 171 photos

  Inside the Assembly Hall of Tashilhunpo
by Maria81

While some Tibetan buildings prohibit interior photography (most notably, Potala, Norbulingka, and Jokhang), the others are quite happy to permit you to take pictures inside provided you pay the specified fee. The fees are usually per chapel and can range from 10RMB (some of the chapels in the Sakya monastery) to 150RMB (more famous chapels of the Tashilhunpo) per chapel. The best value is probably the 10RMB fee which allows you to take pictures in all the chapels of the Gyantse Kumbum. It will sting much more if you want to video your visit - a chapel visit can cost up to 1,800RMB.

The monks generally enforce the rule quite strictly, although from what I've seen some of them may allow you to take a quick snap for free.

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  • Written Oct 3, 2011
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