was Tibet's very first monastery and has a history that spans over
1,200 years. It is designed to represent the Buddhist universe and
many of the buildings in the courtyard are cosmological symbols. The
central building of Samye, its foremost feature, comprises a synthesis
of architectural styles: the ground and first floors were originally
Tibetan in style, the second floor was Chinese and the third floor
castle of Yongbulakhang sprouting from a craggy ridge overlooking the
patchwork fields of the Yarlung valley is reputed to be the oldest
building in Tibet. The prominent tower is its most impressive feature.
The best part of a visit is the walk up along the ridge above the
building. There are fabulous views of Yongbulakhang and the Yarlung
Valley. from a promontory topped with prayer flags.
Hermitage is a warren of caves that was once a retreat for Guru
Rinpoche and other high ranking lamas. Chim-puk Hermitage is to the
north-east of Samye. After crossing through desert-like territory for
a couple of hours, the path ascends into the surprisingly lush area in
which the caves are found. It can be an ideal route for day hike.
Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, a
significant stop for Tibetan pilgrims. Dating back to the 7th century
reign of Songtsen Gampo, it is one of the "Demoness Subduing" temples
of Tibet. Trandruk Monastery is also famous for its " Pearl Tangka"
which is the image of Compassion Buddha made up of almost 30,000
pearls, and many other jewelries.