Gangqin Monastery in Sa’gya County, Shigatse

Chinese Name: 刚钦寺
English Name: Gangqin Monastery
Location: Zhasu Town, Sa’gya County 857800, China
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Gangqin Monastery is 45 kilometers from Shigaze city and 3,800 meters above sea level. It was built in 1447, presided over by Sambuzasi(桑布扎西) which is a Gelu sect(格鲁派) monastery. There were eight halls, one grand hall, two Zhacang(扎仓) and five Miamura(弥村). Inside the grand hall is a pagoda of Sambuzasi(桑布扎西) , mainly placed the Buddha of the Master Tsongkhapa(宗喀巴师徒三尊) as well as Sambuzasi(桑布扎西). 50 meters away from the monastery there is a lake, named Guanxiang Lake(观相湖), it was said that Sambuzasi(桑布扎西) dug out this lake with a stick, viewing the lake you can see the future of yours.

Attraction Transportation:
We can take a shuttle bus from Shigatse to Sa’gya County, then transfer a local mini van to Gangqin Monastery.
Attraction Travel Tips:
· pay attention to respect the local customs in the monastery.
· 1.5 – 2 hours travel.
· best season to travel: all the year round.