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Samye Monastery (Sangye Si), Dranang County

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3D model available in Google Earth)3D model available]]The Samye Monastery or Samye Gompa is the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-9 CE under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsän Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is in Dranang, Lhoka Prefecture. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar, India.The 18th century Puning Temple of Chengde, Hebei, China was modeled after the Samye Gompa.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 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...  read more »
  • Another not often featured attraction on the fixed itineraries, but Samye was stunning in so many ways. The landscapes approaching Samye follow the big river, cutting through the barren mountains with...  read more »
  • 桑耶寺是松赞干布为迎接莲花生大师而建的寺院,据说松赞干布急于了解寺院建成的形状,于是莲花生大师在手中变化出一个寺院的形状,松赞干布看后惊呼“桑耶”!桑耶在藏语里意思就是“哎呀,妈妈!”或“Oh,my God!”。 
  • First and Oldest monastery in Tibet. Stay for two days. Trekking chimpuk hermit is recommended. Great semi dessert landscape
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  • One of the most holiest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
  • Fantastic monastery, which the Yarlung Tsangpo River is accessed by a precious bordained
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