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Tashilunpo Monastery

Tashilunpo Monastery

Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the biggest temples in Tibet, was built and founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama and then enlarged consistently by different generations of Panchen Lama until it acquired its present dimensions. It lies south west of Shigatse and covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters. It is one of the six temples of the Gelugpa sect; the other 5 being the Ta’er Monastery, Labrang Monastery, Drepung monastery, Gandan Monastery and Sera monastery. Visitors can see the Tashilunpo Monastery with its golden roof and white walls glittering under the sunshine. There are 14 golden roofs, 56 scripture halls, 3600 houses and more than 800 monks in the Tashilunpo Monastery. Besides, there are many other valuable and rare historical articles in the monastery, among them are found a lot of gold and jade signets, and imperial certificates bestowed by Emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties as well as a seal of"Daitu" of the Yuan Dynasty scribed in the new Mongolian language reformed by Basba. They are of great value for the study of history.

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