fortress-like Sakya Monastery is unique compared with other Tibetan
monasteries that I have visited before. Its blue walls are framed with
striking white and red vertical stripes. The main buildings are
protected by massive rampart with outstanding towers. I like the view
to the monastery from the hills north of the river where scatter some
small monasteries and tibetan houses.
is situated around 120km west of Shigatse, 25km from the Friendship
Highway to Tinggri and Nepal. A daily mini-bus connects Shigatse with
Sakya remained quiet and
attractive with very few vehicles, tourists, and Han influence during
my visit in 2005. It reminded me of Lhasa and Shigatse in 1999 during
my first visit to Tibet.
Without any supply
of electricity, Sakya offered simple accommodations at Y20 to Y30/per
bed. The most expensive option is the Sakya Hotel run by the local
government. One can find a lovely hostel run by a Tibetan family close
to the bridge along the main road.
An introduction of Sakya Monastery on Travel China Guide.
A Brief History of Sakya Monastery on The Berzin Archives.
Updated by Suyun in January 2007
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