Bangna Monastery in Sog County, Nagqu

Chinese Name: 邦纳寺
English Name: Bangna Monastery 
Location: Located in the west of Baxiu Village, Sog County, Nagqu
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Bangna Monastery in Sog County, Nagqu

Bangna Monastery, also called Badan Bangna Monastery, is located in the west of Baxiu Village in Sog County. It was built by Shichong Gamadanjue(世冲·嘎玛丹觉). Bangna Monastery belongs to the Karmah Buddhism. It mainly  consists of hall, porch and prayer rooms and it’s traditional Tibetan blockhouse style architecture. Bangna Monastery is decorated with Chinese style, similar to the Tibetan Architecture in Aba(阿坝), Sichuan. What’s more, it has maintained its original architectural style without overhaul. Bangna Monastery covers an area of 1780.65 square meters. In 2001, it was listed as a county cultural relic protection unit; In 2006, it was published by the State Council as the sixth national key cultural relic protection unit.

It is said that the construction time of Bangna Monastery is earlier than Sangye Monastery(桑耶寺). It is one of the few ancient buildings in Nagqu region of Tibet autonomous region, and it is the only national key cultural relic protection unit in Nagqu. Due to its long history, remarkable architectural style and exquisite murals, Bangna Monastery has an irreplaceable historical, scientific and artistic value for the research of religion in Tibet.

Attraction Transportation: 

Visitors can take long-distance bus or choose self-driving. Please pay attention to weather conditions. In the rainy season (July & August), cars often get struck in the mud and delays happen frequently. 

Attraction Tips: 
• Traveling Hours: 2 hours
• Traveling Seasons: All seasons
• High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water or drinks, fruits and snacks with high caloric content
• Bring a good, broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF factor and a high SPF lip sunscreen to protect your lips too. 
• Never climb or sit on Buddhist statues or stupas.
• Avoid touching the head of monks or nuns and show respect to a nun or monk or spiritual teacher.
• Remove your shoes and your hat when entering a shrine room or monastery.