Garzê Temple

Garzê Temple, also called Ganzi Gompa in Tibetan Language, is located in Garzê County, Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan Province. Built in 1662, the monastery is the biggest Gelugpa (a sect of Tibetan Buddhism) temple in Garzê Prefecture. It is also one of the famous "13 Huoer Temples" in Kham area (Kham area was once under the Mongols' control in the old days, and Tibetans call the Mongols "Huoer").  

The Buildings of Garzê Temple

Ganzi Monastery stands in a hill slope on the north part of Ganzi County. Covering an area of 200,000 square meters, it is a perfect combination of the Han and Tibetan architectural styles. It consists of around 1,000 Monk chamber houses, the main hall, Maitreya hall, Thousand-Buddha hall, Hall of the Arhats and other 8 halls.

Garzê Temple

Garzê Temple is holy place for the Tibetan Buddhism believers and those who are interested in Tibetan religions. The temple houses over 10,000 Buddhist statues, many historical Buddhist scriptures, Tibetan knives and old-fashioned muskets. Tourists can visit the temple in all the year around. The Buddhism believers usually flock to the temple for praying good blessings in January (Tibetan calendar) when a grand blessing prayer meeting is annually held. In annual autumn, like other Tibetan temples in China, the Garzê Temple will hold the Ghost-Exorcising Festival (also called Sorcerers' Festival) to celebrate the harvest, exorcise ghosts and pray for blessings. This is also a best time to visit the temple to experience the Tibetan culture and religion.   

Garzê Temple

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