Saturday, August 11, 2012

Golden stupa, Labrang, 1923 and 2012


Golden stupa, Labrang, 1923, originally uploaded by jiulong.

And in 2012: Labrang (Xiahe) monastery 拉卜楞寺

2 comments:

John said...

The cantilevered bridge and riverside stonework must all be very recent, none of that was around when we visited in 2005.

Still, an impressive monument.

Michael said...

Yes there's a lot of reburbishment/upgrading going on at the Labrang monastery complex. The bridge was actually in the middle of a lot of construction work. I heard that the provincial government is spending millions of rmb on the temple as a way of gaining favour and 'preserving harmony'.