Galden Jampaling Monastery

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Galden Jampaling Monastery (Tibetan: བྱམས་པ་གླིང, Wylie: byams pa gling) is a Buddhist monastery in Chamdo, Tibet, China. Each year on 16th March the temple celebrates The Butter Sculpture Festival with the spectacular “Guqing” God Dance[1].


Chamdo was visited by Tsongkhapa in 1373 who suggested that a monastery be built there. Galden Jampaling Monastery was constructed between 1436 and 1444 by a disciple of Tsongkhapa, Jansem Sherab Zangpo.[2] It is also known as the Changbalin or Qiangbalin Si Monastery. At its height it contained five main temples and housed some 2,500 monks. According to tradition there were 3000 monks with Jangsem Sherab Zangpo when establishing the monastery, and some more than 2000 at the beginning of the 19th century. It was destroyed in 1912 but the main hall (which was used as a prison) and two other buildings survived, and it was rebuilt in 1917 after the Tibetan army retook Chamdo. It now houses about 800 monks.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Galden Jampaling Monastery - Chamdo, China".
  2. ^ Gruschke 2004, p. 36f.
  3. ^ Buckley and Straus 1986, p. 216.
  4. ^ Mayhew and Kohn 2005, p. 241.


  • Buckley, Michael and Straus, Robert (1986): Tibet: a travel survival kit, Lonely Planet Publications. South Yarra, Victoria, Australia. ISBN 0-908086-88-1.
  • Gruschke, Andreas (2004): Chamdo town in: The Cultural Monuments of Tibet’s Outer Provinces: Kham - vol. 1. The TAR part of Kham, White Lotus Press, Bangkok 2004, pp. 36–45. ISBN 974-480-049-6
  • Mayhew, Bradley and Kohn, Michael. (2005). Tibet. 6th Edition. Lonely Planet. ISBN 1-74059-523-8

Coordinates: 31°08′36″N 97°10′40″E / 31.1433°N 97.1778°E / 31.1433; 97.1778