Kumbum Monastery Scenic Spot in Xining City
As a famous Lama temple in China, the Kumbum Monastery is not only the birthplace of Tsongkhapa- the founder of the Gelukpa Sect (Yellow Hats) of Tibetan Buddhism, but also the center of Buddhist activities in Northwest China. With more than 800 prayer halls during its heyday, Kumbum Monastery is also one of China's six most famous lamaseries (the rest five are the Sera Monastery, the Drepung Monastery, the Tashilhunpo Monastery and the Ganden Monastery in Tibet and the Labrang Monastery in Gansu), winning great reputation in the country and the Southeast Asia. With a history of more than 400 years, Kumbum Monastery is undulating along the mountains. It is a magnificent ancient architectural complex combined with artistic style, consisting of a plenty of places such as the Great Temple of Golden Tile, the Lesser Temple of Golden Tile, the Main Assembly Hall, the Large Kitchen, the Nine Temples, Sakyamuni Hall, the Happy Vajra Buddha Hall, the Taiping Tower, the Bodhi Tower, the Door Tower, as well as scripture halls and pagoda temples Palaces and white pagodas connect with each other here and there in the monastery. The whole temple is not only unique, creative, but also with exquisite decoration that has a high level of art. The butter sculpture, mural paintings and barbolas are known as "Top Three Unique Scenic Spots of Kumbum Monastery", which are endowed with distinct national styles and high artistic value. The monastery will hold four great Dharma Assemblies in January, April, June, and September by the lunar calendar every year and hold two small Dharma Assemblies in February and October. Visitors are not allowed to take photos inside.
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