This monastery was built by the 5th Dalai Lama over 300 years ago and was once one of the most significant centres of Tibetan Buddhism outside Tibet. In recent years and after decades of neglect, this complex of academic halls, residences, temples and religious libraries is slowly being restored and young men are again being sent by their families to live within its walls. The gated area to the monastery is a twenty minute drive from Zhongdian (about 8 km) and it is here you will buy an entrance ticket, after which you will board a bus for the drive to the actual Monastery entrance. Be prepared to climb 170 steps in a rarified atmosphere and dress warmly as the wind swirling around the monastery walls is icy and very strong. If you come early in the day, you will see and hear the devotees at their lessons and maybe some pilgrims in their bright pink sashes spinning the prayer wheels.
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