Pelchor Monastery

Pelchor Monastery


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* History: Built from 1427AD
* Distanc:  270KM from Lhasa
* Entrance fee:RMB60 P/P
 *Opening time:9:00-16:00。
* Recommended Visiting Time: Two hours
* Address: Pelcho Monastery, Gyantse County, Shigatse, Tibet
* Best visiting time:  All year around.

Pelchor Monastery

It is the main monastery in Gyantse, Gyantse County, Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet, China in the Nyangchu river   valley.The Pelchor Monastery is surrounded on three sides by mountain and four sides by water.It is 230km on the south side from Lhasa,and more than 1km on the east from Shigatse.




The Tsuklakhang, the main temple of the monastery was built in 1418–1428 by Rabten Kunzang Phak, the second Prince of Gyantse, who was a devotee of Kedrub Je (1385–1438), one of Tsongkapa’s leading disciples later recognized as the 1st Panchen Lama. It became an important centre of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Kumbum or Tashigomang, commenced construction in 1427 and completed by 1437, also by prince Rabten Kunzang Phak. Several other buildings followed, with Buddhist sects such as Sakyapa, Zhalupa and Gelukpa building religious colleges or hermitages; 16 colleges were recorded by the end of 17th century, increasing to 18 by the start of the 19th century. However most of them were later closed. Now, only two colleges of the Gelukpa order remain, which are stated to be of little consequence.

Architecturally, Pelkhor monastery is a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture. The most striking architecture in the complex, a symbol of Gyantse, is the Bodhi Dagoba (Tibetan name: Pelkhor Choede), popularlycalled as the ‘Kumbum’. It is a 32 metres (105 ft) high structure, a nine-tier building with 108 gates , and 76chapels and shrines; out of the nine floors, the first five are square in shape while the rest are circular giving it a pyramidal appearance. It is also given the name “the Ten Thousand Buddha Pagodas”, as it has enshrined about ten thousand figures of Buddhas as images and murals. It has hundred chapels overlapping eachother, which is called the ‘tower upon tower’ structure. The chapels have the finest display of Tibetan art in “vibrant colour and naturalistic style”; in the faces of the murals Chinese images are discerned. Three Buddhist sects namely, Sakyapa, Kadampa and Gelugpa are represented here. It is considered the largest of the three Kumbums in Tibet; the other two Kumbams are the Jonang Kumbum and Ching Riwoche.



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