Buddhist monasteries are considered the most sacred places of worship all over the world. There are millions of people across the world that is always ready to flock to these peaceful, serene, and beautiful places.
Here is a comprehensive list we have prepared to bring you the most amazing monasteries from all over the world.
- Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan
Also known as the tiger’s nest it has now become an iconic symbol of Bhutan. The monastery can easily be accessed by road or through trekking. Many travelers prefer to trek over the road as there are beautiful lush green spaces to explore from. It is considered a sacred place where any wild animal can be tamed.
- Ki Gompa, Spiti Valley, India
This is a 1000-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monastery which is situated at the top of the hill. It is at an altitude of 13,667 ft and the trail that leads to the monastery has gone through several restorations. It now appears like a box structure and temples are built over the top of others.
- Yumbulagang Monastery, Tibet
Yumbulagang was the first-ever monastery that was constructed in Tibet. In the beginning, it was treated like a palace of the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo. The meaning behind this name is ‘Palace of Mother and Son’ in Tibetan.
The palace became a monastery under the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama and over the years it has gone through serious damages.
- Taung Kalat, Burma
It is built at the top of an extinct volcano and this Buddhist monastery is considered to be one of the magnificent and mesmerizing sites in Burma. Travelers who wish to reach the monastery, need to climb 777 steps for reaching the top. It offers beautiful panoramic views that are a perfect treat for the eyes.
- Lama Temple, Beijing
This beautiful monastery is located in the northeastern part of Beijing and is one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in the world. It was built by Chinese emperors and over the years many Tibetan and Mongolian monks have lived here. This monastery has a 26 m high statue of Maitreya Buddha which is beautifully carved from a single piece of white sandalwood.
- Erdene Zuu Monastery, Mongolia
It is the most ancient Buddhist monastery in Mongolia and was built in 1585 by Abtai Sain Khan. To built this monastery, stones from the adjacent ancient city of Karakorum were used for its construction. This beautiful monastery is surrounded by a wall that features 100 stupas.
- Thikse Monastery, India
This monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 m and is a 12-story complex. It houses beautiful pieces of Buddhist art and they are beautifully represented in the form of stupas, statues, and wall paintings. To honor the 14th Dalai Lama visit to the Thikse Monastery, Maitreya Temple, was constructed in 1970.
- Ganden Monastery, Tibet
This monastery is one of the top university monasteries of Tibet and is situated at the top of Wangbur Mountain. It is at an altitude of 14,108 ft and the other two renowned monasteries are Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.
- Punakha Dzong, Bhutan
The monastery regally stands on an island between the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. It is located in one of the most picturesque locations and Dzong refers to the structure which is a blend of both fortress and monastery. In Bhutan, every district has a dzong which is joined by the arched wooden bridge and contains many valuable remnants from the yesteryears.
To have a perfect experience of peace, calmness, and love, don’t miss visiting these temples. They would always imbibe a sense of positivity and happiness in your soul. Each of these monasteries has been beautifully constructed and offers a peaceful experience to beat the inner hustles.