Qiangmu Dance of Samye Monastery in Zhanang County, Shannan
羌姆（桑耶寺羌姆）Qiangmu Dance of Samye Monastery in Zhanang County, Shannan
Samye Monastery was the first gompa (Buddhist monastery) built in Tibet. It was probably first constructed between 775-779 under the patronage of King Trisong Detsen of Tibet who sought to revitalize Buddhism, which had declined since its introduction by King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century. The monastery is in Dranang(达南), Lhoka. It was supposedly modeled on the design of Odantapuri in what is now Bihar(比哈儿), India. The 18th century Puning Temple built by the Qianlong Emperor of Qing China in Chengde, Hebei(河北承德) was modeled after Samye.