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Shigatse - Palkhor Monastery

Tibet - Lhasa - Shigatse

Palkhor Monastery, also named Palcho Monastery, is very different from other monasteries. It lies about 230 kilometer south of Lhasa and 100 kilometer east of Shigatse at the foot of Dzong Hill. Built as a Tibetan monastery, its structural style is very unique.

The monastery houses monks from the Gelugpa, Sakyapa and Kahdampa orders. Although they once quarreled and fought, the different orders eventually discovered a way to get along with each other. The monastery is the only one known to house monks from different orders in harmony. As a result, its structural style, deities enshrined and murals are very special.