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Sakya Monastery, Shigatse

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Sakya Monastery, also known as dPal Sa skya or Pel Sakya is a Buddhist monastery situated 25 km southeast of a bridge which is about 127 km west of Shigatse on the road to Tingri in Tibet.As the seat of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism, it was founded in 1073, by Konchok Gyelpo, originally a Nyingmapa monk of the powerful noble family of the Tsang and became the first Sakya Trizin. Its powerful abbots governed Tibet during the 13th and the 14th centuries under the overlordship of the Mongol Yuan dynasty after the downfall of the Tibetan Empire until they were eclipsed by the rise of the new Kagyu and Gelug schools of Tibetan Buddhism.Its Mongolian architecture is quite different from that of temples in Lhasa and Yarlung. The only surviving ancient building is the Lhakang Chempo or Sibgon Trulpa. Originally a cave in the mountainside, it was built in 1268 by dpon-chen Sakya Sangpo in 1268 and restored in the 16th century. It contains some of the most magnificent surviving artwork in all of Tibet, which appears not to have been damaged in recent times.The Gompa grounds cover more than 18,000 square metres, while the huge main hall covers some 6,000 square metres.
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  • the color is a dark grey buildings, unique in the panorama of Tibetan monasteries, with the classic vertical stripes colored; very beautiful frescoes inside, of very fine; the library with volumes of the kanjur is impressive, a stack of books up to a high ceiling; the lashing is huge with towering pillars, and a number of stupas and statues of notable Bill; also around is very nice, unfortunately we didn't have time to take the kora and visit the stupa behind the new monastery, which seem recently renovated; definitely deserves at least a full day at the Park
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  • Worth the detour (about 30 km from the highway) in a valley. Beautiful monastery with many rooms and extensive facilities.
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  • More than tell you have to live it and visit it. These Tibetan monasteries are similar but each has some peculiarities and is different from the restrictive other, the trip to raggungrerlo was long and quite uncomfortable but I believe absolutely that it's worth it!
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  • One of the most important monasteries in Tibet, fort like Mongolian architecture, with a huge collection of scrolls. Suffered a lot of destruction during the cultural revolution. Toilets for the visitors is a big problem.
  • Fantastic monastery and people in general, with houses in a style unique and different from other parts of Tibet
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  • 札西德勒