Buddhist temples and monasteries are built all over the world for spreading Buddhism and its teachings. Tibet is home to many Buddhist temples where monks pray, teach, and maintain culture. Here are the top five Buddhist Monasteries in Tibet.
Located on the north bank of Yarlung Tsangpo River of Zharang County, this monastery was built under the commission of Tibetan Emperor Trisong Destin. It is the first official Buddhist monastery in Tibet. Samye monastery’s layout is meant to parallel the ideal universe described in Buddhist teachings. The sculpture of monastery is in the center of the village and surrounded by barren mountains.
Having a rich history, Samye monastery is also known as three-style monastery because of its combined architectural style. The central hall (called as Wuzi Hall by people) represents the center of the universe Sumeru Mountain. Around the central hall, four other halls are the representation of the ocean along with 12 continents.
Being one of the largest monasteries in Tibet, Drepung Monastery was built in 1416. It was home to more than 10,000 monks in the peak time. Till the construction of Patola house by Dalai Lama the 5th, all Dalai Lama resided here. That’s why the monastery is respected as the Mother Monastery of Dalai Lamas.
Located on the Gambo Utse Mountain it is also a center for the teachings of Buddhism.
3. Rongbuk Monastery:
Residing in the north of Mount Everest, around 5000 meters above sea level, this is the highest location for a monastery in the world. The fact that it houses both monks and nuns make it different from most other temples and monasteries.
4. Ganden Monastery
The founder of Gelugpa tradition or Yellow Hat sect, Tsongkhapa, built Ganden Monastery in Tibet. This structure first discovered in 1409, and its renovation took place in 1980.
Known as one of the holiest monasteries of Gelugpa tradition, it resides on Wangari Mountain of Lhasa district. It has contributed a big piece to enhance the religious culture for Tibetan. The entire monastery is well-arranged and contains the touch of vivid colors.
5. Tashilhunpo Monastery
It is one of the most important and impressive monasteries in Tibetan culture because it was founded by First Dalai Lama in 1447. People of Tibet believe that all fortune and happiness are gathered here. That’s why it is also known as the Heap of Glory.
The monastery covers the area of 150,000 square meters approximately. And the largest temple of the monastery has 57 halls and 3600 rooms. The perfect blend of golden roofs and white, red, and black exterior walls give the monastery an aesthetic look.