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Samye 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.
Laying in Dranang, the Samye Monastery was completed in 779 under the patron of Trisong Detsen. Samye's construction, even though Buddhism had been transmitted into Tibet, there was no formal Buddhist rituals. Samye was the first official monastery that established triratna, referring to the Buddha, the Dharma and the Buddhist priesthood. The monastery has combined styles of Chinese, Tibetan as well as Indian. The layout was designed totally according to the ideal universe in Buddhist scriptures.
Utse, the Great Hall symbolizing Sumeru in perfect Buddhist universe, is the biggest construction in the monastery, which is circled by the sun and moon chapel. Four stupas of different styles, colored in black, red, white and green to symbolize four Heavenly Kings, stands at four corners of the hall. This monastery is secluded from outside world by a round wall, with thousands of Buddha statues sitting on it, which represents a mountain near the border of the universe.
Although Samye trove has a massive collection of artifacts, its murals are prestigious throughout Samye has many valuable murals which won't be seen anyplace else. The Samye murals are in fact an encyclopedia of Tibetan culture and religion. Chimpuk Cave lies 15 kilometers northeast Samye Monastery.
The Samye 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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