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28/01/2015

Travel Guide - Tsubu Monastery & Ramoche Temple

Tsubu Monastery

The Tsubu Monastery, also known as the Tolung Tsurpu, is in a small town call Gurum, which lies about 70 kilometers outside the Tibetan capital of Lhasa Tibet Travel. It served as the seat for the for Karmapa, who was the head of the largest sub-school of the Kagyupa, a major school of Buddhism. The monastery was founded in the 12th century by the first Karmapa.

What is unique about this temple is it's location. At over 14,000 feet (roughly 4,250 meters) above sea level, the monastery was built in a beautiful valley with towering, majestic mountains looming over the sacred grounds. It is an active temple Top China travel Destinations, with monks actively worshipping, performing spiritual readings, recitings and Buddhist chants. Between the landscape and the live rituals, Tsubu will be an experience that you will never forget. Once a month, there is a small festival in which the Buddha of Garmapa touches the heads of any and all visiting locals and tourists. For those lucky enough to hit up the monastery at the right time, they will be blessed by the holy man. It is said that if he touches you on the head, you will be virtually free from any negative energy and disaster for the remainder of your life. Just like the Ramoche Temple, the Tsubu also is known for its rare relics. Thus making it is a well preserved and protected site.

Ramoche Temple

The Ramoche Temple is a Buddhist monastery that is considered one of the most important temples in Lhasa China vacation packages. It is located in the northwestern region of Lhasa, a city of over a million people and Tibet's capital. Ramoche is a sort of sister temple to the great Jokhang temple. It was founded all the way back in the 7th century, and unlike other temples of its time, was originally built in a very traditional Chinese style. Visitors can clearly see that strong Tang influences are noticeable in the architecture. Many varying legends surround the temple. Many of the stories involve the Tang Princess Wen Cheng, who was one of the first to live in the palace.

The temple was nearly destroyed on a number of occasions. It saw harsh times during the Mongol invasion and was gutted as late as the 1960s. Recent efforts have been made to restore the Ramoche Temple back to its original beauty. Entering the building brings you up close with ten large pillars that contain a few of the remaining Tibetan relics. Because of this, it has become one of the key protection sites of Tibet. And you can't miss the Jowo Miky? Dorje of the Ramoche Temple. The colorful artifact is one of the best known features of the temple. It’s a beautiful ornate statue depicting Buddha at just eight years old. It was badly damaged at one point, disappeared completely at another, but is now back safe and sound at his home in Ramoche Temple Tailor-made China Tours.

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