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    Tashilhunpo Monastery

      Tashilhunpo Monastery was built by the disciple of Gelug’s founder Tsongkhapa, the 1st Dalai, Gendun Drup. It was initially constructed in 1447 AD, after successive Panchen lamas' renovation and expansion; the scale of the Monastery has expanded constantly. Up to now, it covers an area of 200,000 square meters.
      After entering the main gate of the temple, the biggest building in sight is the Tsochin Hall. Out of the hall is a yard surrounded by winding corridors, which is the lecture field of the temple. In the past, Panchen Lama often preached to the monks in the temple here and it was also the place where monks carried out the regional reply. In front of the main hall is the main scripture hall. In the center of the scripture hall locates the throne of the Panchen Lama. Of the three Buddha halls at the back of the scripture hall, Shakyamuni hall rests in the middle, Maitreya hall rests in the west side and Tara hall rests in the east side. In Sakyamuni hall, a more than 5-meter-high gilt bronze statue of Shakyamuni is worshiped. It is said that inside the statue there are the Shakyamuni’s relics, Tsongkhapa’s hair and the scull of Gedun Drupa’s scribe, Sherop sangyel. The mural paintings on the wall of the Monastery are mainly biographies, such as Buddha worship figure, the Eighteen Arhats map, etc. There are many kinds of precious cultural relics in the monastery, among which the portrait of the Emperor Qian Long from Qing Dynasty hung in “Jena Lhakang” and other cultural relics kept here are of higher value. The stupa of the fourth Panchen Lama, Lobsang qukyi has been repaired with the tower body wrapped with copper and inlaid with jade jewelry, brilliant and glittering. A panorama of Tashilhunpo monastery drawled in the form of “Thangkha” hangs in the foreign guest lounge of the monastery, which is the current production of the lama in this temple. These are all priceless treasures to study the civil religion and state as well as social development in every historical period of Tibet. Tashilhunpo Monastery adequately reveals the excellent construction art of Tibetan people, which attracts Buddhists and tourists at home and abroad worshiping and visiting here.

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