Shey Monastery, Leh

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The Shey Monastery or Gompa and the Shey Palace complex are structures located on a hillock in Shey, 15km to the south of Leh in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past.The palace, mostly in ruins now, was built first in 1655, near Shey village, by the king of Ladakh, Deldan Namgyal, also known as Lhachen Palgyigon. It was used as a summer retreat by the kings of Ladakh.The Shey Monastery was also built in 1655 on the instructions of Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal, within the palace complex. The monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha is so named since Buddha was the sage (muni) of the Sakya people who resided in the Himalayan foothills and their capital was Kapilvastu. It is said to be the second largest such statue in Ladakh.HistoryShey was the old capital of the upper Ladakh region. When the Dogras of Jammu invaded Ladakh in 1842, the Namgyals abandoned the palace and fled to Stok (they made it their permanent residence) on the opposite side of the Indus River. It is conjectured that the fort found in ruins, not dated, above the present palace at Shey, belonged to this period of invasion. Subsequently when the political dictates necessitated shifting of the capital to Leh, even then the importance of Shey continued since it was a mandatory requirement of the Namgyal kings to father their heir apparent here.
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  • August 16, 2017
    after visiting Leh palace and the large Monasteries in Leh, this felt like a repetition You have to drive 30 mins from leh to visit Shey village If you have time, this is a good place to visit, if you...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    It was the first monastery we visited. The construction is in style and is very scenic. There are several rooms, one with the candles we also lived a particularly intense. It is worth visiting.
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  • August 2, 2017
    It is a nice place of historical information.Once in Leh one must visit this place. This is well maintained place with neat and clean environment.Good to see such beautiful monastery.  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    Absolutely gorgeous. The Gompa or monastery inside is has beautiful statues of Gautam Buddha
  • June 15, 2017
    Beautiful Old palace, pretty well maintained, great views from here
  • June 14, 2017
    Its Historic importance and serenity is awesome ! 🙏🌹
  • November 15, 2016
    I visited here 3 to 5 times. This gompa is near the city and a bit comfortable place to access and relax. You can reach here local mini bus.
  • May 4, 2017
    Visit this monastery either to experience sunrise or sunset over leh

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