Buddhist Monasteries are tending to be some of the most incredible structures in the world. Here, monks and nuns have the mission to spread and preserve Buddhist teachings, but also to guide and educate Buddhist followers. These beautiful Buddhist monasteries have appeared after Buddhist monks and nuns retreated during the South Asian rainy season. During the years, Buddhist monasteries have developed into centers of learning. However, these interesting structures also represent an attraction for tourists. Here are three beautiful Buddhist monasteries:
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Yumbulagang also means in Tibetan the “Palace of Mother and Son.” According to the legend in the area, this monastery was the palace of the first Tibetan King, Nyatri Tsenpo, and also the first building in Tibet. After a couple of years, during the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama, Yumbulagang became a monastery of the Gelugpa School. Unfortunately, during the Cultural Revolution, this beautiful building was almost entirely damaged, but was reconstructed in 1983.
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The Hanging Monastery is situated approximately 75 meters above the ground, being one of the most attractive places in China. This interesting monastery is made from a complex of 40 rooms linked together by walkways and mid-air corridors. The Hanging Monastery was built sometime around the 5th century, and over the years this building has suffered several extensions and repairs.
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Also known as Ki Monastery, this beautiful structure is approximately a thousand years old. Key Gompa is placed prominently on top of a hill at an altitude of 4,155 meters, in the Spiti Valley. Moreover, Kibar, the village situated below Key Gompa is considered to be the highest village in India. Throughout the years, this incredible monastery was several times attacked by Mongols, but it also was ravaged by earthquakes and fire.
Buddhist monasteries are some of the most interesting structures in the world, hiding several secrets and stories inside its walls. What is your most favorite Buddhist monastery?