Lingkhor Lho Lam 29, Lhasa, China
Tsamkhung Nunnery Lhasa Reviews
A peaceful Haven Jul 14, 2010
The Tsamkhung Nunnery is a friendly and welcoming monastery for women (nuns) south east of the Jokhang temple. It is located in the same street that leads towards the muslim quarter and the mosque, but it is not easy to spot. You will probably recognise it by the name "Tsamkhung Nunnery Souvenir Shop" above the Monastery shop right next door.
You would not imagine that the tiny entrance gate leads to the largest monastery in the center of Lhasa. More than 100 nuns live in this community.
There is an entrance fee of 30 Yuan but it is not immediately clear where it needs to be paid. We settled it in the small building just left of the entrance and in front of the main prayer hall.
The monastery buildings are beautifully decorated with lots of flowers and you can observe the nuns in their daily activities: reading , praying, carrying water...
We were free to roam the premises as we pleased and even went up to the prayer hall where the nuns were gathered and chanting. Though out of respect we did not enter the hall.
There's also an atelier where nuns are making something (I think it were wicks for the candles) and there is a restaurant where you can order a simple meal.
Right before leaving, two very friendly nuns invited us to come and take a look at a little locked up chamber. It turned out to be the meditation cave of Songtsen Gampo, (the founder of this monastery) around which this nunnery was built. What a great great honour!!!!
I can surely recommend to come and visit this friendly place and see the every day life of the nuns. Don't forget the monastery's souvenir shop, where you can help support the monastery.
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