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Tagong Monastery

Known as the small Lhasa Jokhang Temple


History: More than 1000 years
Distance from Chengdu: 400Km / 8Hours Drive 
Entrance fee: RMB 20 per person 
Open Hours: 9:00--18:00
* Address:  Tagong Village, Kangding, Sichuan
* Best visiting time: May--Oct

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Tagong in Tibetan means 'the favourite place of the bodhisattva',the famous Tagong Monastery built there was to commemorate the living buddha and Panchan.

Three temples and a yard of stupas behind composed the monastery. One in the middle is the main temple where the Sakya sect Saram Konkalhinpo statue is worshiped. The one on the left has the Dorje Kasung. A copy of a 12-year-old life-size Sakyamuni statue is in the temple on the right. Other parts of this monastery are temple of stupas (stupas of merits and virtues), monks' dormitory, temple of Padmasambhava and statue of the thousand-handed Avalokitesvara. Surrounded are big prayer wheels inscribed with the six-word martra hanging on the enclosure spinned by pilgrims clockwise for realizing enlightment and purifying bad karma. From morning to afternoon, people sipinning the wheels and chanting the "om mani padme hum" to stabilize their minds.

The surrounding town has grown to accomodate tourists who come to visit the temple and hike across the grasslands to Yala Mountain (the massive rock thrusting out of the flat lands in the horizon). There are hotsprings near the foot of the mountain and you will most likely need a guide to find them. It takes a full day to ride out to the mountains. You can trek across the grasslands on horseback and stay with nomads if you like. The tours are operated by local nomad families who have settled down somewhat.
 
The monastery is still very active with festivals during all four seasons and a strong community of monks that number anywhere form 50 to 200 depending on the circumstances. 
 

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