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Ta'er Monastery
Ta'er Monastery: 
Qinghai - Xining; 
Travel in Xining, Qinghai Ta'er Monastery (Kumbum Monastery) is one of the six biggest monasteries of the Yellow Hat Sect (Gelugpa Sect) of Tibetan Buddhism. In memory of the founder of the Yellow Hat Sect, Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), an 11-meter-high pagoda was built at his birthplace, today's Huangzhong County about 30 kilometers southwest of Xining, Qinhai Province in 1577. Later it was enlarged into a monastery continually.

The monastery is a perfect complex of both the Tibet style architecture and the Han style buildings. The Propitious Pagoda is the first scene you will see in the Ta'er Monastery. Each of these eight pagodas states a great event in Sakyamuni's great life. The Great Hall of the Golden Roof is the main hall of the Ta'er Monastery with the Han style architecture and is said to be the birthplace of Tsong Khapa. You can also enjoy visiting the Lesser Hall of the Golden Roof, the Great Hall of Meditation, the Peace Pagoda, the Buddha Pagoda and the Kitchen. These structures reflect the superb craftsmanship of the architects then.

The three unique works of art in Ta'er Monastery refer to butter sculpture, appliques and murals. Butter sculptures are all kinds of Buddha figures, portraits, flowers and trees and pavilions made of the mixture of white butter mineral dye. Filled with cotton and wool in between, the appliques Here made of silk cuttings show the visitors a stereo sense. Most of the murals in Ta'er Monastery are carved on the cloth.

Admission Fee:   35
Recommended Time for a Visit: Two hours
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