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Trandruk 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 Trandruk Monastery is popular throughout Tibet since it was the first Buddhist chapel ever constructed in Tibet. It is located five kilometers south of Tsedang on the road that leads to Yumbu Lakhang. Built roughly under the reign of Songtsen Gampo, Trandruk later experienced large-scale renovation after it converted to Gelugpa. A legend said that it was only after Songtsen Gampo turned into a roc to conquer an evil dragon that it could be built there, which is the source of its name, meaning a roc conquering a dragon.
Songtsen Gampo along with Princess Wencheng at all times visited the monastery after they moved to Lhasa. The central building in Trandruk is its Tshomchen, in which Padmasambhava is enshrined. The Jokhang like building has several chapels, in one of which a valuable pearl Thangka, representing Chenrezi in rest, is housed. The Thangka is made of about thirty thousand pearls and hundreds of other gems that include sapphire, diamond, ruby, turquoise and amber. Pilgrims toss money to the thangka to show their respect.
The Trandruk 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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