Palcho Monastery

Palcho Monastery Shannan Tibet
The Palcho Monastery is one of the few Tibetan temples comprised of three Tibetan schools. Kumbum Chorten is the largest shrine in all of Tibet. The Palcho Monastery is renowned for characteristic architecture, murals related to Esoteric and Exoteric Buddhism, three sects it houses.

Monastery of Three Schools

It is rare to find a Tibetan monastery that is not dedicated to a single school of Tibetan Buddhism. The Palcho Monastery, near Gyantse, is dedicated to the main sect, the Yellow Hats, and the Red Hat sect. Involving 16 colleges from different schools, this monastery is the largest of the city of Gyantse. Unfortunately, after the various events, only two schools remain: one is the Red Hat sect and the other one is the Yellow Hat sect.

Grand Temple

Facing the famous Kumbum(the gold-topped, white building), the Grand Temple still boast treasures of Tibet. The vast prayer hall, inaugurated in 1425, seven years after the foundation of the temple in 1418, contains a magnificent 8 meters high, gilded bronze statue of Maitreya Buddha. This temple also houses more than a thousand Tibetan Buddhist texts valuable for studies on religion and the history of Tibet.

Kumbum Chorten

Built in 1436, the pagoda Bankor Qoide is the largest in Tibet, the other pagoda lying around Xining, Qinghai. This 100,000 Buddhas of the pagoda are really the highlight of the visit to this monastery. At 2,200 m², this Chorten of 42 meters extends over 14 floors. With 108 doors (sacred number of Tantric Buddhism found on Tibetan prayer beads) and 76 rooms, the pagoda is the most extraordinary. The first floors are accessible by stairs and stone. One can admire splendid statues of Buddhas. The higher you go, the more stages will be present, and any visitor must reach the upper floors by a wooden ladder.

Dzong Fortress

For an ideal destination to admire the magnificent view over the city of Gyantse Kumbum Chorten and above the monastery, it is the mount the Dzong Fortress that can’t be missed. This place of decisive battle in the British attack in 1904 offers a breathtaking view over the valley and the monastery of Palcho.

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    3 900M Altitude Palcho Monastery
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