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Samye Monastery (Sangye Si), Dranang County

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3D model available in Google Earth)3D model available]]Samye was the first gompa (Buddhist monastery) built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is in Dranang, Lhoka. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India.The 18th century Puning Temple built by the Qianlong Emperor of Qing China in Chengde, Hebei was modeled after Samye.HistoryAccording to tradition, the Indian monk Śāntarakṣita made the first attempt to construct the monastery while promoting his sutra-centric version of Buddhism. Finding the Samye site auspicious, he set about to build a structure there. However, the building would always collapse after reaching a certain stage. Terrified, the construction workers believed that there was a demon or obstructive tulku in a nearby river making trouble.
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  • This is an early royal monastery. It large and active. Although no photos are allowed inside, they are allowed on the upper walkways where there are beautiful painted panels. A feature of this place i...  more »
  • One of the first monasteries we visited, and one of our favorites. One special was we arrived at the monks study time, so were able to observe all the ritual and sincerity of their beliefs and study. ...  more »
  • This monastery is very big. The large main building is surrounded by four big stupas of different colours, the stupas are of Nepali influence. I happened to arrive on what seemed like a special day, a...  more »
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  • Interesting monastery that gives you Tibetan monastic culture of Tibet.
  • Amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat.
  • First and Oldest monastery in Tibet. Stay for two days. Trekking chimpuk hermit is recommended. Great semi dessert landscape
  • ITS SO Amazing
  • Monastery with a long history