The Kumbum Monastery is a famous Lamasery in China. It is located in Huangzhong County, Xining City, Qinghai Province, China. Founded in 1377, it is the birthplace of the founder of Lamaism, Tsongkhapa, and is the center of Buddhist activities in the northwest China. The monastery is large in scale and has more than 800 halls at its peak. It is one of the six famous Lamasery monasteries in China and enjoys a good reputation all over the world. The Kumbum Monastery is built in a ravine and spread an area of over 450,000 square meters. The ancient architectural artistic style is a combination of Tibetan and central China, and is composed by many palaces, prayer halls and pagodas. The whole monastery is not only unique in shape, but also full of creativity. The detailed decoration has also reached a superb level of art. The butter flowers, murals and piling embroidery in the monastery are known as the “Three Precious of the Kumbum Monastery” and have a unique national style and high artistic value.
Important notes: Tourists are not allowed to take photographs inside the Kumbum Monastery.
Best traveling season: June to August
Kumbum Monastery (Qinghai)
Location: Huangzhong County, Xining City, Qinghai Province, China
Suggested Duration: 4-5 hours