Photographer's Note

From the position of the sun on the evening of our arrival in Gyantse, we analysed that the sun should be good in the morning for taking pictures of the village and monastery from the fortress on the top of the hill (please take note if you are planning a visit to Gyantse!). So we did not waste time in the morning, but walked to the fortress right after a little breakfast. We could enter the fortress around 8:30 hrs and the light was already quite harsh, but the view was still absolutely worth the climb.

In the foreground you can see the old part of Gyantse, while the complex surrounded by a defence wall in the background is the Pelkor Chöde monastery. The most eye-catching building is without doubt the large white chörten (or stupa): the Gyantse Kumbum. It is a Nepali style chörten (including large Buddha eyes painted on the outside) and houses an extremely large number of paintings and statues of Buddhas; "Kumbum" means 100,000! I don't know if there are really 100,000 Buddhas but there are too many too count, distributed over the six levels of the chörten.

The monastery complex is crowded by dogs. They are believed to be reincarnations of monks who apparently made a mistake during their human lifes. The previous picture of the fortress was taken from the hill that you can see on the above picture behind the Kumbum.

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