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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  • April 15, 2017
    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 »
  • January 2, 2017
    One of the oldest and most interesting Tibetan monasteries. Founded by Padmasambhava at the time of the Tibetan empire, he returned to the plan of a mandala. To realize, just climb the nearby Hill, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view on the site and the Valley of the Yarlung Tsangpo. The landscape of the region between river, mountains and sand dunes is remarkable. As for the monastery itself, the central building is in good condition and contains interesting murals. The atmosphere is very special. Unfortunately, the photos are prohibited inside under penalty of a fine, and spit on the ground also (but it's less embarrassing for us Westerners!). Visit Samye is a 'must' stay in Tibet.
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  • December 3, 2016
    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 »
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  • April 5, 2017
    Interesting monastery that gives you Tibetan monastic culture of Tibet.
  • November 1, 2016
    Amazing. I would go back in a heartbeat.
  • November 12, 2015
    First and Oldest monastery in Tibet. Stay for two days. Trekking chimpuk hermit is recommended. Great semi dessert landscape
  • November 29, 2016
    ITS SO Amazing
  • April 27, 2017
    Monastery with a long history

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