Samye Monastery Slideshow
Samye Monastery is the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. Founded in the 8th century by Padmasambhava and King Trisong Detsen. The construction of Samye began the centuries-long tradition of Buddhism that spread throughout the Plateau and continues today, despite the marks of modern history.
Encircled by a stone wall with a large central temple and ancillary temples, the geometric or mandala lay-out of the Samye represents the Buddhist cosmos. Renowned for its architecture, gilded statues, frescos and an unparalleled collection of sacred relics, Samye is the most revered of all pilgrimage destinations and will always will remain as the heart of Buddhism in Tibet.