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Labrang Monastery is highly renowned as one of the six most noted monasteries, as well as the largest Buddhist Institute of Tibetan Buddhism. And now, it has become an important place for Buddhist ceremonies and activities.
As to its history, it is said that the Labrang Monastery was first founded in 1709 by the first Jamyang Zhaypa, Ngawang Tsondru. With years of changes and reconstructions, it began to be open to the tourists in 1980.
Located at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain, in the northwest of Xiahe County, Gansu Province, it takes about 4 hours to Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu. The appearance of Labrang Monastery is in a distinct traditional Tibetan style, with white walls and golden roofs. It mainly consists of 18 halls, 6 institutes of learning, a golden stupa, a sutra debate area, and housing nearly 60,000 sutras. Among those buildings inside Labrang Monastery, the Grand Sutra Hall is the most popular and important one, since the religious activities are often held here. Also, on its inside walls, there are lots of portraits of Buddha and built-in shrines of Buddha and bookcases.
This whole monastery boasts tens of thousands of statues of Buddha made of various materials for your enjoying. The morning devotion will also offer you an amazing experience there.