Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery
Located on the northern bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Chanang County, Shannan Prefecture, Samye Monastery was built in 779 under the supervision of Guru

Rimpoche (Master Padmasambhava) and the Tibetan king Trisong Detsen. It is the first monastery constructed in Tibet. The magnificent and unique Central Hall is three

stories high. The first floor is in the Tibetan architectural style, the second in the Han style, and the third in the Indian style. The halls in the monastery contain

many statues and murals. The monastery has bronze bells, carved marble lions and tablets that record the development of Buddhism in Tibet. All are valuable cultural


(For 30 Yuan tourists can take the bus from Lhasa to Tsetang and get off at Samye Ferry. A motor boat charge five yuan to the other bank of the river, and a bus goes

on to the monastery. There is also a minibus from Tsetang to the monastery (running on the newly built highway). Staying in the monastery overnight costs 40 yuan. Just

outside the east gate of the monastery is the Friendship Snowland Hotel and others accommodations.)