Ganden Songtenling Kloster - Ganden Songtenling Monastery

Ganden Songtsenling Monastery, Shangri-La 2017

Ganden Songtsenling Monastery is located five kilometers from the county town of Shangri-La in the Dêqên Autonomous Region of Tibetans in Yunnan Province. It is the largest monastery of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism in Yunnan. In 1679, the fifth Dalai Lama – Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso – asked the Chinese Emperor Kangxi for permission to build a monastery. He chose the place himself, made the temple and gave it his name.

Located at the foot of Foping Mountain, the monastery also bears the nickname “Little Potala Palace.” The similarities to the significant model are hard to miss. There were more than 3,000 monks who lived and studied in this Tibetan Buddhist temple during its golden age. The notorious ten years of the Chinese Cultural Revolution brought with it the complete destruction of the monastery. Today, more than 700 monks and lamas are housed in Songtsenling Monastery.


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