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Palkhor Monastery

Palkhor Monastery is very different from other monasteries with its unique structure. It lies at the foot of Dzong Hill,Jingzi County, 230km south of Lhasa and 100km east of Shigatse City.

The main assembly hall of Palkhor was built between the end of 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century. The ground floor of the three-story building is a Chanting Hall with 48 columns decorated with tangkas. An eight-meter high bronze statuary of Maitreya ia also on display and the gilded figure is made from 1.4 tons of bronze. On the second floor, Bodhisattva Manjushri and Arhats from the Ming Dynasty were enshrined in the chapels. Its Arhat Chapel is famous throughout Tibet.

On the roof, a chapel houses a collection of 15 mandala murals, which are three meter in diameter. The monastery collects about 100 robes and costumes worn in Tibetan opera, all of which were made of silk, embroidery and tapestry during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Palkhor also features its Bodhi Stupa, or Kunbum in Tibetan. Deemed as the symbol of the monastery, the spectacular Stupa consists of hundreds of chapels in layers, housing about a hundred thousand images of various icons, in total there are about 3,000 statues.

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