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Kumburm Monastery

Kumburm Monastery Travel Guide


Located in Huangzhong County, 26 kilometers from Xining, Kumburm Monastery was built during the reign of Emperor Jiaqing of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Kumburm Monastery is generally acknowledged to be one of the six most important monasteries along with the Ganden, Sera and Drepung monasteries in the Lhasa area, the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe. Covering an area of 40 hectares, Kumburm Monastery is an ancient building complex in Han style, consisting of halls, chapels, the temporary dwelling place of the Panchen Lamas, and rooms for monks.

It is under national protection because it is the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, founder of the Ge-lug-pa (or Yellow) Sect and one of the six largest monasteries for the Ge-lug-pa Sect of Lamaism in China. The monastery has a rich collection of relics.

Every year, four grand religious activities are held here between the 14th and the 15th day of the first month and the fourth month, the 7th and the 8th day of the sixth month, and the 22nd and the 23rd day of the ninth month, on lunar calendar.

Features
Kumburm Monastery is rich in fascinating arts. There are a number of highlights that make it easier for you to select where to see.

For example, the Great Hall of the Golden Roof (Da jinwa si) is a large building containing a number of murals depicting scenes from Buddha´s life, and a silver stuppa within which is contained a statue of Tsong Khappa.

Traffic:

To go to the monastery, you can take a mini bus to nearby Huangzhong from the west entrance of the Xining City Gymnasium.

DCT Tips:

Recommended time for a visit: two hours.

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