Bangyu Monastery in Ngamring County, Shigatse

Chinese Name: 邦玉寺
English Name: Bangyu Monastery
Location: Located in the east of Daju Village, Ngamring County
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Bangyu Monastery in Ngamring County, Shigatse

Bangyu Monastery is located in the east of Daju Village, 20 kilometers away from county seat. Bangyu temple has a long history. According to legend, it’s recognized as Ashram of Padmasambhava (莲花生大师). It was built by Kangcuo Yixicuojie(康措益西措杰) in 788. Bangyu Monastery was built to put down the evil. At the beginning, it’s Nyingma sect and changed to Bka’-brgyud-pa in eleventh century. Then the fifth Darai Lama changed it to Gelug Sect to now.

Facing the south, Bangyu Monastery covers an area of 5000 m². The main building consists of halls, Lazhang(拉章), monk house and so on. Meanwhile, halls include Gabaer Lakang(嘎巴尔拉康), Cuoqing Hall(措钦大殿) and two Hufa halls(护法神殿). Cuoqing Hall has lots of frescoes and there are seven Lazhangs for living Buddhas. Up to 1959, there were 46 monks. Bangyu Monastery was rich in historical and religious cultural relics. However, during the Cultural Revolution, they have basically lost and destroyed. Only left a few old Thangka pictures, gilded Buddha statues and clay sculptures. Among them, the sandalwood carving of Avalokiteshvara which has high artistic value is the most exquisite relics.  After the implementation of religious policy in 1986, local people began to raise funds to rebuild the hall and restore the normal religious activities. 

Attraction Transportation: 

Bangyu Monastery is located in the east of Daju Village, 20 kilometers away from county seat. The advanced traffic system provides visitors convenient ways to travel. Visitors can take long-distance bus or choose self-driving.

Attraction Tips: 
• Traveling Hours: 1 hour
• 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.