tirsdag 16. juni 2015

China - Gadan Songzanlin Lamasery in Shangri-La, Yunnan

The Garden Sumtsenling Lamasery, also known as Sungtseling and Guihuasi, is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery situated 5 kilometres from the city of Zhongdian at elevation 3.380 metres in Yunnan province, China.  Built in 1679, the monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Yunnan province and is sometimes referred to as the little Potala Palace. Located in the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, it is also the most imprtant monastery in Southwest China.

It belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect of Tibetan Buddhism of the Gelukpa order of the Dalai Lama.  Its architecture is a fusion of the Tibetan and Han Chinese.  It was extensively damaged in the Cultural Revolution and subsequently rebuilt in 1983.  

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