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Nechung Monastery

Nechung Monastery has an important place in Tibetan history because of the seat of Nechung, the state Oracle of Tibet. It’s located just below Drepung Monastery, four miles west of Lhasa.

Nechung Monastery lays a couple of minutes' walk down the hill from Drepung Monastery, and is worth visiting. It's much the smallest and most personal of these monasteries easily accessible from Lhasa, and is the least visited, and therefore the most peaceful.

Established in 1973 by the venerable Nechung Rinpoche, Nechung Dorje Drayang Ling is a center for the dissemination of the Buddhist teachings. This is a place for great masters to teach and for students to practice teachings through contemplation and meditation.

Also, it is the only monastery where one may take photos freely. Historically its importance is that until 1959 it was the monastery of the State Oracle. For this reason the imagery painted on the walls is more than usually fierce and bloody (flayed human skins and souls in torment).


Location: just beside the Drepung Monastery

Transportation: Take bus No. 3

Ticket: 20 CNY

Opening hours: 9:00 to 16:00

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