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Gyalthang Guihua (Ganden Sumtsanling) Monastery

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Ganden Sumtsanling or Guihua Monastery
Songzanlin Monastery (Ganden Sumtsanling Monastery or Guihua in Chinese), Gelup sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Located at the northern hillside of the Gyalthang, built in the Ming Dynasty by the 5th Dalai Lama, resembles Patala Palace of Lhasa in the outlook, as one of the 13big Lamaist temples in Kham region. About 800 lamas are engaged in full-time Buddhist studies, with its numerous chapels, woodcarvings and murals, is a living museum of Tibetan culture.


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