Ta'er Monastery is a famous place of religious Shamanism, located 25 kilometers southwest of Xining City, Qinghai Province. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Qinghai and an important center for religious activities.
Ta'er Monastery also known as Kumbum Monastery is one of the two most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries outside Tibet. It presents the beautiful scenery of the temples and houses in the quiet hills of the suburbs of Xining.
Built-in 1379 and marks the pagoda of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Tibetan people's Gelug Sect. Before 1958, more than 3,500 monks lived here. For centuries, this monastery is of crucial importance to Western explorers and researchers. Many explorers spent some time here. It is now not only a sacred place for Buddhism and Shamanism but also a cultural heritage and magnificent architecture.
The Ta'er Monastery is rich in fascinating arts. The famous butter sculptures, the parabolas, and the murals are considered to be the three most unique arts of superb craftsmanship. Besides, the structure of this monastery is a combination of several technologies and it's showing out its own feature perfectly.
In Tibetan culture, Ta'er Monastery is called "tribute", that is, "Buddha statue." In more than 400 years of history, it has gradually become a unique national and local style place. The area covers an area of 144,000 square meters (about 36 acres), surrounded by mountains. It has 9,300 rooms and 52 halls. From these figures, you can imagine how wonderful it is. Ta'er Monastery is a combination of Shanxi and Tibet style boutique architectural complex. It has lofty temples and temples rising from each other. Palace buildings, Buddhist temples, dormitories, courtyards echo each other, enhancing the beauty of the entire region.
The best part of visiting Ta'er Monastery is given you a chance to insight into the normal life of the monastic. The tourists in Qinghai Province are not as many as the rest of China, which means you really experience something special.
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