Tibet

Potala Palace, Lhasa

The Potala Palace in Lhasa was named after Mount Potala, the abode of Chenrezig or Avalokitesvara. It was the chief residence of the Spiritual Head of Tibetan Buddhism until the recent exodus to India, after an invasion and failed uprising in 1959…

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Jokhang, Lhasa

The Jokhang Temple is located on Barkhor Square in the old section of Lhasa. It was built during the reign of king Songsten Gampo to celebrate his marriage with Chinese Tang Dynasty princess Wencheng, who was a Buddhist…

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Gaden Monastery, Tagtse

Gaden Monastery is one of the ‘great three’ Gelugpa university monasteries of Tibet, located at the top of Wangbur Mountain, Tagtse County. It was the original monastery of the Gelug order, founded by Je Tsongkhapa himself in 1409…

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Chagpori, Lhasa

Adjacent to the Potala palace is Chagpori, the first college of Tibetan medicine in Tibet. The monastery was established by Desi Sangye Gyatso in accordance with the explicit wish of the Great Fifth Dalai Lama in 1696…

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Ani Tsangkung Nunnery, Lhasa

Ani Tsangkung nunnery is the biggest and only active nunnery in the centre of Lhasa, with many practising nuns. It has a very revered cave dates back to the 7th century in which the 33rd Tibetan King Songtsan Gampo meditated…

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