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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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  • The monastery complex consists of a large main monastery and many smaller temples around it. It looks rather like a small village. Visit the monastery of about 2 hours is more than enough.
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  • Samye monastery is probably not the most beautiful monastery of Tibet but this is the first and it worth a look if you are interested in the history... His other interest is also to be a monastery with a very curious nearby population of foreigners.
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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...  more »
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  • 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
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  • One of the most holiest and oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet.
  • OM AH HUNG