Tradruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibet. Also, it is the second of Tibet’s earliest great geomantric temples after the Jokhang. Under the rule of Trisong Detsen (755–797) and Mune Tsenpo, Tradruk was one of the three royal monasteries.
King Songtsan Gampo built this Tradruk Monastery, later it became the winter palace of the King and Princess Wencheng in Tsedang.
Tradruk Monastery contains the precious relics the Pear Tangkha, which, 2 meters in length, 1.2 meters in breadth. Naidong used 29,026 pearls and different precious stones to make it during the reign of Pamodrupa Kingdom. The most important treasure of Tradruk is a Tangka embroidered with thousands of pearls, which is said to have been made by princess Wen Cheng herself. It depicts Wen Cheng as White Tara. The central chapel keeps the Tangka on the upper floor which belongs to one of only three Gangstas made by Wen Cheng. The two other ones are in the reliquary stupa of the 5th Dalai Lama in the Potala Palace and Shigatse. There is a famous “talking” statue of Padmasambhava at the age of eight years in the same room in Tradruk.
How to get there?
It locates by the highway on the east bank of Yalong River, Nedong County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet. You can travel to this monastery by car.
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