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Qyude Monastery

Update: Mar. 24th, 2013

Qyude Monastery

Qyude Monastery is located in the south part of Gyirong County of Shigatse Prefecture. It stands about 4050 meters high. It was originally highly respected by Nyingma Sect. In the 17th Century, it was changed to be highly respected by Gelug Sect. It has been managed by Sera Monastery of Lhasa City till now.

Qyude Monastery

The plane layout of Qyude Monastery stretches from the east to the west. It covers an area of 1800 square meters. It is about 60 meters long and about 30 meters wide. It consists of the antecourt, stoep, the main hall and the tower hall, etc.


The antecourt is actually an outdoor dam and covers an area of 232 square meters. It is about 29 meters long and about 8 meters wide. It sits face to the east and against the west. It could accommodate 90 lamas performing together when the religious ceremonies and activities were held on December 29th every year over there.


The stoep is located in the west part of the antecourt. It covers an area of 48 square meters. It is about 12 meters long and about 4 meters wide. There are 6 pillars in the stoep in total. The door is available in the east part of the stoep and it is about 2.4 meters wide. There are beautiful and colorful murals of the great Four Heavenly Kings and Tsongkhapa in Tibet Buddhist culture on the west wall of the stoep. There are some other propitious paintings of the great masters on the northern wall and the southern wall.

The main hall

The main hall covers an area 480 square meters. It is about 24 meters long and about 20 meters wide. There are 22 square columns in it. The propitious clouds, beautiful lotus and other beautiful decorative patterns, etc, were carved on the pillars and beam columns. The animal patterns were carved on other wooden materials.

The wooden Buddha statue was put in the south part in the main hall. The human body of the founder of Qyude Monastery was said to be set in the north part of the western wall, but it was destroyed during the period of invasion in Qing Dynasty. The statue of Sakyamuni was set in the south part of the western wall. In addition, there are full of murals all around on the walls in the main hall.

The tower hall

The tower hall was 3-floor high. The bottom floor is the tower hall. The gateway is about 1.2 meters wide and caved the lotus flower, water lily, lion head and the dragon, etc. All of the carvings are vivid and look magnificent. The center of the tower hall is actually covers an area of 133.28 square meters. It is 13.6 meters long and about 9.8 meters wide. There are 4 pillars in the tower hall. There was once an alms bowl tower in the hall. It was about 10 meters high. There were about two hundred of the small Buddha statues around the tower in the east, in the south and in the north. But what a pity that it was not preserved.

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