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Palkhor Monastery, also known as Palcho Monastery or Pelkor Chode Monastery or Shekar Gyantse, is the main monatery located 3900 meters high in the northeast corner of Gyangtse County over 200 kilometers south of Lhasa and around 100 east of Shigatse. First built in 1418, the Palkhor Monastery is the very unique monastery in Tibet that holds three sects of Tibetan Buddhism: the Sakyapa Sect (Stripe sect), the Kadampa Sect and the Gelugpa Sect (Yellow Sect) all together. The architecture of the Palkhor Monastery is a fusion style of Han, Tibet and Nepali.

The constructions of the Palkhor Monastery is the only well-preserved temple complex that fully depicts the typical feature of temples during 13th century and 15th century. The Palkhor Monastery has beome a famous travel destination in Tibet. The best spot in Palkhor Monastery is the Kumbum Stupa which is 32 meters high, nine-tier building with 108 gates (108 interpreted as nine-tier structure representing space multiplied by the time element of 12 zodiac signs), 77 Buddhist templesand shrine. There are more than ten thousand Buddha statues or images pained on the wall inside the palace of the Palkhor Monastery, therefore the Palkhor Monastery is also known as 'Ten-Thousand Buddha Pagodas'.

The Kumbum Stupa in Palkhor Monastery is a pagoda of hundreds of temples overtopping on each other, which is called the 'tower upon tower' structure. The murals or statues of Buddha have well displayed the finest Tibetan art in terms of vibrant color and naturalistic style. The Palkhor Monastery is a very unique travel destination for pilgrims as well as people from all over the world. It charges ten Chinese Yuan if you want to take picture in the Kumbum Stupa in Palkhor Monastery, but the best way is to shut down the flash to protect the Buddha statues and murals. Some guide information of the Palkhor Monastery.
Location: Gyangtse County, Shigatse, Tibet          Opening hours: 09:30 - 17:30         Contact number: +86 10 85968802         Tickets:CNY40

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