Tibet Monastery Tour – 2 Most Special Monasteries in Tibet
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Tibet Monastery Tour – 2 Most Special Monasteries in Tibet

Update: Oct. 30th, 2012

Religious Activity in Samding Monastery

Tibet Tour would like to recommend 2 most special monasteries in Tibet for tourists planning a Tibet monastery tour and willing to visit not only the famous monasteries but also the special monasteries with profound Tibetan Buddhism culture. Samye Monastery is the first monastery in Tibet which offers tourists the chance to explore the long history of Tibetan Buddhism while Skya Monastery is the main monastery of Sakya Sect which provides tourists the chance to experience special Buddhism atmosphere.

Tibet Monastery Tour – Samye Monastery in Shannan Prefecture

Samye Monastery is noted as the first monastery in Tibet. It has a long history which could be dated back to the 8th century. It is recorded that Samye Monastery was the most splendid and magnificent construction during the Tubo Kingdom Period. The rich and precious historical relics in Samye Monastery, including some religious documents, statues and murals keep attracting a large number of tourists making a Tibet monastery tour and are interested in the profound Tibetan Buddhism culture.

The construction of Samye Monastery well integrated the architectural styles in different regions. Take the 3-storey central hall of Samye Monastery as an example, the first storey of the building enjoys a Tibetan architectural style, the second storey is characterized by typical Han style while the third storey is characterized by Indian style. Tourists making a Tibet monastery tour here would have the chance to witness various precious murals which recorded the Tibetan history and folk customs in Samye Monastery.

Tibet Monastery Tour – Sakya Monastery in Shigatse Prefecture

Sakya Monastery is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhism monasteries. It is an ancient monastery which could be dated back to 1073 during the Tubo Kingdom Period. Tourists making a Tibet monastery tour would find that Sakya Monastery enjoys a quite different architectural style compared to the other monasteries on Tibet Plateau. The construction of Sakya Monastery integrated the Mongolian, Han and Tibetan architectural characters harmoniously. Sakya Monastery is composed of the Southern Monastery and the Northern Monastery.

The castle-style Southern Monastery of Sakya Monastery would always leave tourists a deep impression. Sakya Monastery is also noted for its large Chanting Assembly which covers an area of 5775 square meters and enjoys a capacity of 10000 Buddhists. Sakya Monastery has collected a large number of historical and cultural relics. It is said that the number of the sculptures and classics in Sakya Monastery reaches 24000. The precious manuscripts of the Buddhism sculptures here are of great significance for the exploration of the profound Tibetan Buddhism culture.

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