Sunday, December 12, 2004

Nanwu Si monastery, Kangding 2001

Nanwu Si Kangding, originally uploaded by mutikonka1.

Compare this photo with the one below. This is the Nanwu Si monastery in Kangding - surely the same as the Dorjedra monastery described by Joseph Rock below.

If you look closely you can see it is either the same building with some slight modifications, or an exact replica/rebuild.

And while it looks to be set in an idyllic location, this monastery is now set back from a busy road just down from the local Nissan dealership and hidden from view by an ugly and insensitively sited high-rise army barracks.

The photograph is taken from the doorway where there is now a backpackers restaurant and hostel called Sally's Cafe. Actually, I think this view is also history because when I looked in during 2004 the whole place was closed for renovation and it looked like this facade had been completely demolished to be made even more grand.

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