• by Meo
  • Last Updated: 2018-02-27

Tibet is a holy land dotted with sacred monasteries and temples. Unique religious culture attracts travelers all over the world to explore this mysterious and beautiful place. It is said that there are about 1700 monasteries and temple in Tibet, you can have a Tibet monastery vacation and have a close encounter with Tibetan Buddhism.

Surrounded by snow-capped mountains or built on lofty mountains, Tibetan monasteries and temples have a unique beauty. You may have heard of the famous Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, and Sera Monastery, which attract numerous pilgrims to worship every year. What’s more, there are many other monasteries with special features which worth a visit equally.

Jokhang Temple

Jokhang Temple located in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and is recognized as the holiest temple in Tibet. Became a member of the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 and appraised as 4A-grade tourism site in 2001, Jokhang Temple attracts countless travelers to feel its unique atmosphere. Famous as the oldest architecture in Lhasa, Jokhang Temple is as old as this ancient city, with a history of about 1, 400 years. Built by the King Songtsan Gambo for his bride Princess Wencheng from the Tang Dynasty, its architectural design is a mixture of Chinese, Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese style. When you walk to this temple, you will be attracted by its golden roof, and be immersed in the murmur of mantras. Pilgrims show their devotion in front of the temple and kora around it with prayer wheels in this hands.

Jokhang Temple located in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and is recognized as the holiest temple in Tibet.

Drepung Monastery

5 kilometers away from Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is located in the suburb of this ancient city. It’s famous as one of the “three greatest Gelug monasteries” in Tibet and is the largest monastery in Tibet. It housed more than 10, 000 monks in the past, now there are about 700 monks in this huge monastery. Built along the mountains and has white constructions, its name “Drepung” means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan, since it looks like a heap of rice. It’s a masterpiece with precious artworks and sutras, and also a Buddhist education base where monks are imparted Buddhism.

5 kilometers away from Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is located in the suburb of this ancient city.

Sera Monastery

Sera Monastery located in the northern suburb of Lhasa, and is one of the three famous monasteries along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. This monastery is famous for debates. Every afternoon, from Monday to Friday, monks in traditional red robs will debate on Buddhism in the courtyard. This is an important way to learn sutras, and monks will slap their hands, jump up and make interesting gestures during the debate. Besides the famous debate, Sera Monastery has many precious cultural relics, such as sutras, silk Thangkas, and Buddha statues.

Sera Monastery located in the northern suburb of Lhasa, and is famous for Buddhism debates.

Ganden Monastery

Located at an altitude of 4, 300 meters above the sea level, Ganden Monastery was built in the 15th century and is also one of the three greatest monasteries. However, it is the farthest one from Lhasa. In 1410, Zongkapa built this monastery with other 500 Lamas, and this ceremony to enshrine this monastery became an annual tradition. It stands on the Wangbori Mountain and the major construction includes the Lagyi Hall, Yangbagyain Hall, Chitokang, Angyiukang, Xaze and Jamze Zhacang Buddhist colleges.

Located at an altitude of 4, 300 meters above the sea level, Ganden Monastery was built in the 15th century and is also one of the three greatest monasteries.

Drak Yerpa

Drak Yerpa is a cave retreat 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa. It’s a peaceful place with beautiful scenery, and the King Songtsen Gampo meditated in a cave there. A statue of Songtsen Gampo can be seen in the Cave of Songtsen Gampo.

Drak Yerpa is a  cave retreat 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa. It is said that Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet but Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa

Rongbuk Monastery

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world, and it was built in the 20th century. In Rongbuk Valley, you can see many birds and wild animals. It’s interesting that monks and nuns live together in Rongbuk Monastery, and grand Buddhist dancing ceremony will be held in it during the Saka Dawa Festival. Travel to Rongbuk Monastery, you can have a view of the famous Rongbuk Glacier.

Rongbuk Monastery is the highest monastery in the world, and it was built in the 20th century.

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