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Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery

Situated at the southern slope of the Mt. Gangpo Ri about two kilometers from the Tsedang Town,Trandruk Monastery is constructed as the first Buddhist chapel in Tibet. It is built by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo and has a history of about 1,300 years.
The Trandruk Monastery comprises two main buildings: the Naiding Lakang (a chapel), which is said to be the oldest chapel in the monastery and the Main Assembly Hall, which is composed of the courtyard, the Great Hall and the cloister.
The temple houses a large number of murals and sculptures though it is constructed with a smaller scale. In the temple, the most precious item is 800-year-old thangka. About two meters (seven feet) long and one meter (three feet) wide, this unique scroll painting is made by more than 29,000 pearls, 2,000 coral beads, 180 turquoises and other precious stones including two rubies, one diamond and one sapphire. It depicts a portrait of Kwan-Yin in relaxing carriage with propitious clouds, flowers, birds and petals decorated around. There's also an embroidery of Sakyamuni, hand-made by the 7th Century Princess Wencheng, who was sent by the Tang Dynasty to marry the Tibetan King, Songtsan Gambo.
There is a legend that Padmasambhava and other Buddhist hierarchs once practiced Buddhism near the Trandruk Monastery, which made the monastery renowned; therefore, many pilgrims are attracted to come to the monastery to worship.
Admission Fee: CNY 70
Opening Hours: 9:00—16:00