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Kumbum Monastery

 Xining Attractions

Located in Huangzhong County, Qinghai Province, 25 kilometers (about 16 miles) away from the capital city of Qinghai Province - Xining. In order to commemorate Tsong Khapa (1357-1419), founder of the Yellow Hat Sect, the Ta'er Monastery was built in 1577 more than 150 years after his death. Now the Ta'er Monastery is considered a sacred place in China.

Located 25 miles northwest to Xining City of Qinghai Province, Kumbum Monastery is one of the most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in China. It was first built in 1379, with a more than 600 years history. Kumbum has four monastic colleges or faculties (dratsang). The largest is the Debate College or Faculty for Logic, the Shadupling Dratsang. The Tantric College or Sangngag Dechenling Datsang was founded by Chojey Legpa-gyatso in 1649. In 1711, Chuzang Lozang-tenpay-gyeltsen built a new Tantric College, Ngagpa Dratsang.

With the appointment of several famous doctors, the Medical College, Menpa Dratsang Sorig-dargyey-zhenpen-norbuling was opened in 1725. It became a separate college during the time of the Twenty-second Throne Holder. The doctors who are graduated receive the Menrampa degree.The fourth college at Kumbum is the Kalachakra College which was founded in 1820. 

Opening hours: 
08:00 – 17:00

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