Samye Monastery is located in the peaceful area of the Shannan Region. The temple was built by the Trisong Detsen (regnant 742-798) of the Tubo Kingdom and was presided over by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava. Well, Samye Monastery is the first temple which was built in Tibet with the three Buddhist jewels of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. With these unique features, this resplendent temple has become an attraction for visitors from many countries.
A unique monastery and village rolled into one, Samye is a highlight of a visit to Tibet. Situated amidst breathtaking scenery, the journey to Samye is splendid no matter how you arrive. The layout of the huge monastery complex forms a giant mandala, a representation of the Buddhist universe.
When the temple was constructed, Detsen took part in the foundation ceremony and then appoint seven scion of blue blood to cultivate in the temple. They were the 1st group of monks to live at the temple and later the so-called ‘Seven Enlighten Disciples of Samye’. Since then Buddhism had become popular within Tibet and forms a branch of splendid culture. Now, the temple is listed as one of the cultural relics of national importance under the protection of the state.