Top 5 Historical Sites in Shannan
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Top 5 Historical Sites in Shannan

Update: Jan. 21st, 2013

Yumbu Lakhang in Shannan

Shannan Prefecture is regarded as the cradle land of Tibet civilization. The series of historical and cultural sites in Shannan keep attracting a large number of tourists interested in the history and culture of Tibet. As a professional Tibet tour operator, Tibet Tour would like to introduce the top 5 historical sites in Shannan for tourists' reference.

Top 5 Historical Sites in Shannan – Yumbu Lakhang

Yumbu Lakhang is said to be the first palace in the history of Tibet. It was the palace of the tribe leader in its initial stage. Later, it acted as the summer resort of Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng. Yumbu Lakhang was changed to a monastery of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama. Widely accepted as one of the top 5 historical sites in Shannan Prefecture, Yumbu Lakhang is quite noted for its outstanding construction and impressive prayer flags flying in the wind all year around.

Top 5 Historical Sites in Shannan – Samye Monastery

Noted as one of the must-visit and top 5 historical sites in Shannan Prefecture, Samye Monastery has a history of more than 1000 years. It is recorded that Samye Monastery is the most ancient and famous monastery among all the historical sites which could be dated back to Tubo Kingdom Period. It has been praised as a treasure house which collects the Tibetan history, religion, culture, mural and sculptures. Tourists pay a visit to Samye Monastery during the Tibet Tour will have the chance to explore the rich Tibetan history and culture through various relics collected here.

Top 5 Historical Sites in Shannan – Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery is an ancient monastery belongs to Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. It is recorded that Trandruk Monastery was constructed during the reign of Sontsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng once cultivated herself here. Noted as one of the top 5 historical sites in Shannan Prefecture, Trandruk Monastery is pretty famous for its giant bronze bell. Tourists making a visit here will have the chance to experience a different religious atmosphere.

Top 5 Historical Sites in Shannan – Mindroling Monastery

Mindroling Monastery is listed as one of the top 5 historical sites in Shannan for its rich collections and important status in Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Actually, Mindroling Monastery is one of the three main monasteries of Nyingma Buddhism. It acted as an influential Tibetan Buddhism academy and a series of essential Buddhism sutra works are still stored in the monastery. Even today, tourists pay a visit here could also experience the special academic ambience. Mindroling Monastery was constructed in 1676 according to historical record.

Top 5 Historical Sites in Shannan – Tombs of Tibetan Kings

Noted as one of the top 5 historical sites in Shannan, Tombs of Tibetan Kings has been listed as a cultural relic unit under state key protection. Toms of Tibetan Kings refers to the tombs of the 29th to the 40th Tibetan kings, their ministers and princess consorts. It is said that the Tomb of Songtsen Gampo is also located here. It has been one of the must-visit spots in Shannan Prefecture for tourists especially interested in Tibet history and the funeral culture of the Tibetan nobles.

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