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Tibet Sights

Nechung Monastery (Nǎi qióng sì)

  • Off Beijing Xi Lu Map It
  • Lhasa
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 12/23/2014

Fodor's Review

Many people skip this 12th-century monastery, but that's a big mistake. With a strong focus on beasts, demons, and the afterlife, Nechung is unlike anything else you'll see in Tibet. Murals on the monastery's walls depict everything from humans being dismembered by dogs and vultures to demons wearing long belts of human skulls and engaged in passionate sexual intercourse. Until 1959 this monastery was home to the highly influential Nechung Oracle. Every important decision by a Dalai Lama is made after consulting this oracle, which currently resides in Dharamsala as a member of the government-in-exile. The monastery is 1 km (½ mile) southeast of Drepung Monastery.

Sight Information

Address:

Off Beijing Xi Lu, 8 km (5 miles) west of Lhasa, Lhasa, Tibet, 850010, China

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Sight Details:

  • Y25
  • Daily 9–4

Updated 12/23/2014

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