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Sakya Monastery

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
The Sakya Monastery lies 130 kilometers southwest of Shigatse. Sakya, that means Grey Soil in Tibetan since the soil around is grey, is the monastery of Sakyapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. As the monastery has huge compilation of highly valuable art pieces, it is believed as Second Dunhuang. The monastery is separated into the Northern and the Southern Monastery by Drum River. The Northern was the first one which was founded by Khon Konchog Gyalpo in 1073, from which Sakyapa arose once ruled Tibet while the Southern Monastery remains in better condition.
Sakya has countless murals, mostly of the Yuan dynasty that lasted from 1271 to 1368. The treasure trove of Sakya also collects 3,000 pieces of pattra sutras written in Chinese, Tibetan, Mongolian and Sanskrit covering a wide range of knowledge, and other artifacts such as crowns, seals, robes, vessels and statues approved by emperors of the Yuan dynasty.
The Sakya Monastery is definitely one of the popular tourist attractions in China. It is worth paying a visit while touring the country. This place will leave a pleasing and unforgettable memory and justify the proud cultural tradition of China.

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