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As promised I hereby post a full view of the Ganden monastery near Lhasa, taken from the same hill as my previous post but from a little higher vantage point. You can still see the prayer flags in the left lower corner. In this picture you can see the full monastery with a few distinctive buildings. The red building in the centre is the most eye-catching. This building hosts the tomb of Tsongkhapa, an important reformer of the Gelugpa order (the monks with the yellow hats). The large white building to the right is the main assembly hall.

The Ganden monastery was destroyed by the Chines Red Guards in 1959 and 1966. It was the first Gelugpa monastery and had an important political influence. In 1959 the monastery hosted about 2000 monks. Obviously this number is much smaller nowadays.

As you can see, the location of the monastery is really breathtaking. It rises up about 1000 meter above the Kyi-chu river valley that is visible in the background. It is really worth going here and taking enough time for both a visit to the buildings of the monastery and a walk along the kora (pilgrim-circuit) around the monastery.

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