2017
05.09

KUMBUM

TRAVELING MONK WITH PHONE

SYNOPSIS:  About one of the two reasons why I came here:  the place commemorating the birth of Tsongkapa.  About butter sculptures, copper kettles, and uniquely fried noodles.

At the rate I am going to tick off important Gelugpa (Yellow Hats) sites, you would think I am a Buddhist on a pilgrimage.  But it just so happened that I had to choose a place from where to board the train to Lhasa; and Xining was on the way. 

26 km south-west of Xining, at Kumbum Monastery (known locally also as Ta’er), the birthplace of the founder of the Yellow Hats, Tsongkapa, is commemorated in a golden stupa.VIEW PHOTOS AND READ THE WHOLE STORY