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Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet

Tashilhunpo Monastery, meaning the Heap of Glory, is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. It was originally founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, and expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Covering an area of nearly 300,000 square meters (about 74.1 acres), Tashilhunpo is one of the 'Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa'. Since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, it has been the seat of Panchen Lama for hundreds of years.

A wall in front of the monastery was also built in the charge of the First Dalai Lama in 1468. It displays the thangka of Buddha on the 14th, 15th and 16th of May under Tibetan Lunar Calendar. Vivid images of Buddha are a must-see for visitors. What's more, the Maitreya Chapel inside amazes visitors by the biggest statue of a sitting Maitreya Buddha enshrined. It is 26.2 meters (86 ft) high and embellished with gold, copper, pearl, amber and many other gems. Visitors gets a good view of the Buddha on the upper floors.

Panchen's Stupa Chapel, Tashilunpo Monastery, Shigatse

The stupa-tombs of the Fourth, Tenth Panchen Lama and other abbots of Tashilhunpo are situated in the chapels. The Panchen Palace, which is the residence of Panchen Lamas has not open to public yet. The Chanting Yard was the place where Panchen Lamas once did sermons while nowadays lamas debate here every afternoon. The walls around are found thousands of images of Buddha with different poses. Rare sutras, thangkas, and other culture relics are well preserved in Tashilhunpo Monastery.

Admission Fee: CNY 55
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00(closed for lunch
from 12:00 to 14:00)
Recommended Time for a Visit: Three hours

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