Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery

Built in the 8th century by King Trisong Detsen, Samye was the first monastery of Tibet. Explore the mandala created by the elliptical-walled compound, which contains beautiful temples and stupas placed in specific sites surrounding the main temple. Conceived by the renowned Indian masters, Padmasambhava and Santarakshita, the main temple is the only surviving temple in Tibet whose three floors were constructed in the differing styles of Tibet, India and China.

PUBLISHED: July 17, 2013