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Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monastery
Labrang Monastery

Labrang Monastery is undoubtedly one of the leading monasteries of Sikkim. Labrang Monastery is sited at a distance of 2 kms from Phodong Monastery in the northern part of Sikkim. In 1814, Labrang Monastery was built approximately 100 years after the construction of the Phodong Monastery. Gyalshe Rigzing Champa took the initiative to build this monastery and he lived in Wangdiche, a Palace that was built nearby.

The monastery was built to commemorate Latsun Chembo of Kongpu (Tibet). Datsun Chembo was the one, who started and propagated the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. The term ‘Labrang’ literally means ‘the Lamas dwelling’. Unlike Phodong Monastery, Labrang Monastery belongs to the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The antique structure looks imposing at the very first sight. Another fact about this monastery is that it has been maintained in its original condition, a contrast to the other monasteries in Sikkim.

The location of the Monastery offers a vast stretch of land that is perfect for mass congregations. On its southern, western, and northern sides, the monastery complex is encased by dense forests. Tumlong ruins, which is another attraction in the north district, are sited just below the road connecting Phodong and Labrang Monastery. On the whole, Labrang Monastery is a sacred place, where one can spend some worthy moments in meditation.

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