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Huiyuan Monastery

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Huiyuan Monastery Introduction

The Huiyuan Monastery is situated in Xiede Village, Daofu County, Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, 110 km away from Daofu and stands on the land of 3550 meters high.

Huiyuan Monastery 

The Huiyuan Monastery is built in a palace style with a golden tile roof. It is decorated with precious vials, Dharma-cakra animals, paintings of emperors and generals, Thangka paintings and statues of living Buddha. The sculptures of nine lions and nine dragons are added to the pillars and beams, which looks gorgeous and magnificent. The yards around the monastery are spacious and arranged tightly. All the halls and corridors are also built in harmony. The main hall is decorated in a luxurious way and has its own signature, which can be counted as a great model of Kham architecture style. Many valuable historical relics are collected here as well. In addition, it holds different kinds of sacrifice rites and sculpture reciting events for over 245 days per year. Worshipers from different places come to the monastery to join the Dharma assembly which makes the monastery quite lively then.

Huiyuan Monastery 

The Huiyuan Monastery has a great reputation and a high regnal name in the Tibetan area, and it has the same religious status as the Drepung Monastery. The monastery’s name “Huiyuan” was granted by the Emperor Yongzheng which means that the royal graciousness of Qing dynasty will be ever-lasting. There are more than a thousand rooms in this large monastery which occupies over 500 mu. Besides, there are six grand halls in the palace building style which are decorated with gold, and there are three floors of each gatehouse with golden rooftops and green glazed tiles. Every door consists of three different small doors, of which the middle one is used by Panchen and Dalai, the right one is used by civilians and common monks and the last one is used by the monks who break the rules of the monastery. There are nine dragons carved on both sides of each door, indicating the regnal name that granted by Yongzheng. Nine lions are also carved above each door.

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