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When you walk into town, coming back from the Kumbum, you have a great view at the fort. The fort lies high above the houses of the mainstreet leading to the Kumbum.
The fort is 500 years old and has rather good preserved walls. We didn't try to visit the fort, because they told us, it was not easy to go there. And because the heavy rains allready started, when we walked in the mainstreet, we tried to reach our hotel as soon as possible.
Gyantse, view from the Kumbum
It is very worthwhile to climb to the top of the Kumbum, not only to see some of the chapels. From the top of the Kumbum you have a great view at the town.
You can see also the other parts of the monastery and the ruins around, to get an idea of the size of the former complex. Also the view at the surrounding landscape and mountains in the background is wonderful.
So we could also see the dark clouds coming, bringing heavy rains at our way back to the hotel.
Gyantse temple dogs
At Gyantse - as at many other temples- we saw a lot of dogs. We also saw local people feeding them.
They told us that the people look good after the temple dogs, giving them them food, because these dogs could be reincarnations of ...., yes of who, you never know.
In the chorten or Kumbum or pagoda of 100.000 images are so many chapels, that is almost impossible to see them all. The care taker can show you the most important ones.
There are so many statues of all kind of deities and demons, some to threaten the Tibetans, that it is impossible to learn who is who. I had the impression, that even the caretaking monk did not know them all.
If you visit Kumbum, you spiral your way through nine levels to the top. Climbing your way to the top you can have a sight at the many chapels. Some are locked.
This inner spiralling circuit is meant as a meditational aid to enlightment, with the top section representing the highest plane of wisdom. At the top you have a good view at Gyantse and its surroundings.
Gyantse, Kumbum, Buddha
In Kumbum, the immense chorten, you can have a look in many of the chapels. There are many statues to see, like this one of a great Buddha.
In every chapel you can see something else, such as items of gold and silver, books, frescoes and many statues of Buddhas, but also of demonic gods.
Kumbum, the pagoda of the 100.000 images is the most important sight of Gyantse. It was built by Rapten Kunsang Phapa.
Kumbum is a chorten of immense size. Kumbum doesn't have the traditional forms of chortens such as a square base for earth, round dome for water, conical spire for fire, umbrella for air and seed-pinnacle for mind-essence.
This chorten has an octagonal form with 70 interlocking chapels. The chapels of Kumbum are rich decorated with frescoes, statues, other artifacts and buddhist texts in sanskrit.
Directions: Northside of the town.
Gyantse still has a rather Tibetan atmosphere, more than most other towns in Tibet. My first impression of the area of Gyantse near the monastery was ''it looks like a "wild-west town''.Horses galloping on the unpaved streets in the mud or dust, depending on the weather.
The main sight of Gyantse is the large chorten (Kumbum) of the Palkhor monastery. Of the monastery is not much left. Around the chorten you can see its ruins.
Directions: South-east of Lhasa along the south road to Xigatze
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