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Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa

* One monastery of 3 different sects ( Gelupa sect, Syaka Sect, Gedang Sect) living and developing together.


History: 1418 AD
Distance from Lhasa: 270Km / 5 Hours Drive 
Entrance fee: RMB 60 per person
Open Hours: 09:00-18:00
* Address:  Pelcho Monastery, Gyantse County, Shigatse, Tibet
*  The best visiting time: May-- October

Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
Palcho Monastery & Kumbum Stupa
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The Palcho Monastery or Pelkor Chode Monastery is the main monastery in Gyantse County, Shigatse Prefecture, Tibet. The monastery precinct is a complex of structures, which, apart from the Tsuklakhang Monastery, also includes its Kumbum, believed to be the largest such structure in Tibet,that is most notable for its 108 chapels in its several floors and the old Dzong or fort. 

 
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.

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