Holding appeal for travelers and pilgrims alike, Ganden Monastery is another holy site in Tibet that warrants exploration. Steeped in a rich history of traditional Tibetan learning and principles, Ganden is home to two important colleges, the Jangtse and Shartse. With the entire complex designed with the deep symbolism of a graduated pathway to enlightenment, Ganden is recognised as the first of the Three Great Gelug monasteries in Tibet. And while the monastery’s history has been characterized by upheaval and change, it has still retained the essence of its original purpose, namely to provide a joyful spiritual foundation for those who reside and visit there. Monks continue to live and study within the monastery, which is colorfully decorated with traditional Tibetan art. The annual Thangka Unveiling Ceremony is a highlight, as is the traditional display of 24 silk paintings created using Chinese silk tapestry techniques, an event which is held each year to commemorate the gift given by Yongle Emperor who reigned from 1402 to 1424.
Update: May 11, 2023