[Labrang Monastery] Labrang Monastery is an inflection of the Tibetan word "Labrang", meaning the residence of the living Buddha master. It is one of the six major monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and is known as the "World Tibetan Academy". Labrang Monastery is surrounded by mountains and rivers, surrounded by verdant mountains and clear waters of the Xia River. It covers a total area of 860,000 square meters. It is a tall temple in Tibetan Buddhism.
Just a tip. There is an English speaking tour guide that sets off from the tour guide office at 10.15 every day. At the moment it is free but not sure about later. having a guide makes all the difference to understand how the monastery works.overall worth a visit if in this area of Gansu or North Sichuan province, but not worth making a special trip for
This monastery is under going major renovation. I am afraid that it is to become a major attraction for the national tourism. Unfortunately the work is being done in a very sloppy way, adding concrete anywhere, tearing down temples to building new ones instead... All very sad and not respecting the origins look at atmosphere of the area. So visit this before it becomes another them park also called AAAAA attraction :(
After going out of the county seat in Xiahe County, where there is only one road, you will arrive at Labrang Monastery. The entire area is composed of temples, Buddhist colleges, and monks’ residences. Tickets are not charged. The large buildings at the foot of the mountain are very magnificent and there are many monks. There are many devout worshippers. It is said that this is the world's largest Tibetan Buddhism school. The Buddha statues in the main hall are full of scriptures, the roof is magnificent, and the prayer flags are flying in the wind. It is very worth seeing.
The religious system of the Labrang Monastery is mainly composed of six colleges including Wensi, Medicine, Kalachakra, Jijingang, Shangxubu, and Xiaxubu. It is the most comprehensive among monasteries in Mongolia and Tibet. Wensi College is its center, also known as the Great Jingtang. There are hundreds of houses in the front hall, front courtyard, main hall and apse. It covers an area of more than ten acres. It is a mixed structure of Tibetan and ancient palaces. There are gilt copper tiles, copper goats and wheels, flags, aquariums and other decorative objects.