Lhasa Tours – Special Monasteries in Lhasa
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Lhasa Tours – Special Monasteries in Lhasa

Update: Sep. 13th, 2012

Lhasa Tours – Special Monasteries in Lhasa

Except the very famous monasteries in Lhasa City, there are several special monasteries in or around Lhasa worth a visit. Learn more about the history and culture of Tibet from the monasteries might be a good choice for tourists' Lhasa tours.

Lhasa Tours – Ani Tsankhung Monastery

Ani Tsankhung Monastery is a Buddhist nunnery with special tradition and style in Lhasa. It is the best place for the female followers of Buddhism to study the culture and history of Buddhism. Ani Tsankhung Monastery cultivated several outstanding celebrities, including the famous female living Buddha Samding Dorjepam in Tibet. There are about 100 nuns in the monastery.

Tourists make a visit to Ani Tsankhung Monastery during the Lhasa tours would find it is a monastery which is remotedly interesting and different. It is relatively small compared to the other famous monasteries in Tibet. There are beautiful stone stairs in front of the main entrance of the monastery. Though it covers a small area, Ani Tsankhung Monastery is characterized by clean and tidy, it seemed that everything here is in perfect order. Tourists here would be attracted by the row of prayer wheels facing the entrance of the monastery.

Lhasa Tours – Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery is about 60 kilometers to the east of Lhasa with an altitude of 3800 meters. It is one of the three great monasteries in Lhasa and also one of the six great monasteries of Gelug Sect. It is a special monastery which was built in 1409 by Tsongkhapa – founder of the Gelug Sect. Tourists could pay a visit to the first monastery of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism while the Lhasa tours.

Ganden means happiness and contentedness in Tibetan. The successors of Tsongkhapa lived in Ganden Monastery. Precious historical and cultural relics were collected in Ganden Monastery, including an armor carved with four languages and decorated with jewelries which was bestowed by Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty in 1757. There is also a great quantity of historical relics which acted as the proofs of the close relationship between Tibet and Chinese Ming and Qing dynasties. Tourists could also witness some special exhibitions which would be held every year during the Lhasa tours. Tourists here could experience the profound culture of Ganden Monastery.

Besides, tourists could also make a visit to Tsayeba Monastery which is not far away from Ganden Monastery. Though it is not as big and famous as Ganden Monastery, tourists here could witness some interesting relics, through which you will learn more about the Tibetan civilization.

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