Ganden Monastery

Ganden Monastery is situated on Wangbur Mountain, on the southern bank of Lhasa River in Tagtse County, 29 miles (47 kilometers) from Lhasa City.It stands at an altitude of 3,800 meters (12,467 feet) above sea level! It is one of the premature and enormous Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, and stands atop of the six famous temples of Gelugpa – a branch of Tibetan Buddhism.

Its significance as an artistic, religious, political and cultural relic led to it being conserved by the National Key Cultural Relic Preservation scheme in 1961, and is now known as being one of the ‘3 Great Temples’, together with the Sera Monastery and the Drepung Monastery . The Ganden Kora (walking in the clockwise), is the great experience to meet stunning views of Kyi-chu Valley and encounter large numbers of pilgrims, rubbing holy rocks and prostrating themselves along the path.

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