Tibet Monastery Tour – Most Noted Monasteries in Tibet
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Tibet Monastery Tour – Most Noted Monasteries in Tibet

Update: Oct. 15th, 2012

Golden Roof of Tsaky Monastery

The monasteries have been the most important tourism resources on Tibet Plateau. Tourists making a Tibet monastery tour would have the chance to explore the profound Tibetan Buddhism culture in different monasteries. Tibet Tour would like to introduce the most noted monasteries in Tibet for tourists' reference.

Tibet Monastery Tour – Jokhang Temple

There is no doubt that Jokhang Temple is the most noted monastery in Tibet. It is a monastery belongs to Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism which was constructed in 7th century. It is said that Jokhang Temple was designed by Princess of Wencheng of Chinese Tang Dynasty. The Statue of Sakyamuni, brought from Chang'An (XiAn), the capital city of Tang Dynasty, is enshrined in Jokhang Temple. It has been the pilgrim center for devout followers of Tibetan Buddhism all round Tibet.

Tibet Monastery Tour – Drepung Monastery

Drepung Monastery is one of the 6 great monasteries of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, located at the western suburb of Lhasa City. Drepung means "a giant pile of rice", which symbols prosperity in Tibetan. It is the largest monastery of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism which was constructed in 1416. The rich Buddhism scriptures precious historical relics collected in the monastery keep attracting a large number of tourists both at home and abroad.

Tibet Monastery Tour – Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery was constructed in 1419. It is located at the southern suburb of Lhasa City. It is a monastery which enjoys high reputation among the followers of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. There are 3 academies especially established for Buddhists to study the related Buddhism scriptures of Tibetan Buddhism. The famous Buddhism scripture debating in the monastery attract a large number of tourists. Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery are regarded as "3 great monasteries" in Lhasa.

Tibet Monastery Tour – Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery is the most noted monastery in Shigatse Prefecture. It was constructed by a famous disciple of Tsongkhapa in 1447 and was expanded by the 4th Panchen Lama later. The Tsochen Hall in this monastery allows 2000 Buddhists chant the Buddhism scripture together. Tashilhunpo Monastery is quite noted as the residence of Panchen Lamas. The stupas stored the body of Panchen Lamas also located in the monastery. It has been the must-go scenic spots for tourists making a Tibet monastery tour or making a visit to Shigatse.

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