GYANTSE: A small agricultural town famous for its wool carpets. Gyantse lies between a monastery and fort. Gyantse is ‘the peak of victory’ for Tibetan. It has a history of more than 600 years. Sitting on the friendship Highway, it connects Kathmandu to Lhasa. The natural scenery is quite beautiful: mountains, glaciers, etc. This is the place must be passed by when going to Lhasa from Shigatse. It is warm and wet in the summer season. Gyantse is also known as the “Tibet granary” and “hometown of Tibetan carpets”.
The famous Kumbum, a combination of pagoda and stupa arts. The famous Kumbum pagoda, built in collaboration with Newari artists from Nepal & Tibetan artisits, also stands in the same courtyard with nine storeys, 108 doors and 77 chapels containing clay sculptures and various murals. The pagoda is said to have 100,000 images, either sculptured or painted, this is the reason for its name “100,000 Image Pagoda”
Phalkor monastery is the next door monument to the Kumbum. It was founded in 1418. Its role is unique on the Buddhism in Tibet as it represents all the three sects of Tibetan Buddhism: Gelugpa, Sakkyapa and Bhuton.