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Buddhist Stupa of Zalaszántó

· 2 reviews · Religious Institution · Nyugat-Dunántúl · 317 m
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  • A zalaszántói buddhista sztúpa este
    A zalaszántói buddhista sztúpa este
    Photo: Pálvölgyi Krisztina, Magyar Természetjáró Szövetség
Discover one of the largest stupas in Europe near Zalaszántó in the Park of Human Rights on the top of Kovácsi-hegy (317 m). The size and color of the building attracts attention from far.

Buddhist monk Bop Jon from South Korea had the idea in the early 1990s to establish a Buddhist shrine in one of the former socialist countries. As soon as researches had shown that the hill had never been inhabited before construction works financed by donations had started. The stupa was finished in 1992 and inaugurated by 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyaco himself on June 17, 1993. The stupa also called as the Peace Stupa of Zalaszántó is 30 meters high with a diameter of 24 meters. Some remains and relics of Buddha as well as a Tree of Life have been placed here. The site of the stupa, a hillside meadow decorated with prayer flags was named as the Park of Human Rights.

The stepped structure refers to the ancient tradition of clockwise circumambulation (going around) as a sign of respect.

In 2007 the stupa was renovated and later a meditation center added. Another building is home to a souvenir shop. An information board nearby tells the story of the park in three languages.

Opening hours

Winter season (1st October-1st April)

  • Mon-Fri: 10:00-16:00

Summer season (1st April-1st October)

  • Mon-Sun: 10:00-18:00

 

 

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Free of charge
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Áron Dömsödi
Update: February 09, 2022

Public transport

  • Taking a bus from Sümeg or Keszthely get off at “Zalaszántó, Ádám utca”(village center).

Getting there

  • From bus stop “Zalaszántó, Ádám utca” head north and follow the Blue (K) markers. Head west at the mill. Leave the Blue (K) Trail and turn right as it bends sharply left on the peak and follow the signs to the stupa (200 meters more). Total distance: 2.3 km, elevation gain: 130 m.

Parking

  • Past Zalaszántó along the road towards Sümeg take the first left (see signs). The paved road soon changes to a dirt track (easily accessible). As soon as your reach the forest turn left and continue to the parking lot.

Coordinates

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46.897204, 17.217690
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46°53'49.9"N 17°13'03.7"E
UTM
33T 668921 5196128
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Buddhist Stupa of Zalaszántó

Világosvár 13.
8353 Zalaszántó
Phone +36 30 143 9460

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