Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashilhunpo Monastery by Jody McIntyre. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

Tashilhunpo Monastery was founded in 1447 buy Gendun Drup who was the first Dalai Lama. It is located in Xigaze (Shigatse), the second largest city in Tibet. The Tashilhunpo Monastery is traditionally the seat of the Panchen Lama - that is the second highest lama lineage after the Dalai Lama. Situated on a hill in the centre of the city, Tashilhunpo means "all fortune and happiness gathered here." Many of the buildings, especially the residence buildings, were damaged or destroyed during the turmoil of the Cultural Revolution. The main monastery itself was not, however, as badly damaged as other monasteries in Tibet. Since the early 1980s parts of the Tashilhunpo monastery have been open to the public and it is an important tourist attraction in Tibet today.

Map showing location of Tashilhunpo Monastery

Above: Location of Tashilhunpo Monastery in Xigazê, Tibet, China