Welcome to Gorgeous Kingdom--Ta'er Temple
The Ta'er Temple is one of the six temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, at the southwest corner of Lush Ta'er Town, Qinghai Province. Around the walls in the yard there are various fine and beautiful frescos. The skillfully made specimen of wild oxen, goats, monkeys, black bears and other animals are displayed in the porches on both sides. It enjoys fame far and wide and is the well-known Holy Land of Buddhism.
 
The whole complex includes the Large Gold Tile Hall, the Small Gold Tile Hall, the Longevity Hall, the Large Classics Hall, the Manjusri Bodhisattva Hall, the Sakyamuni Hall, the Hall for Warrior Attendants of Buddha, the Amitabha Buddha Hall, the Time Wheel Tower, the large kitchen, the Eight Towers for Buddha, the Passage Gate Tower and other buildings, covering over 600 mu .As a combination of the Tibetan and Han forms, the complex has a unique style. The layout is compactly organized and the towering buildings display great momentum with a resplendent and magnificent view.
 
History and Culture
The Ta'er Temple was the birthplace of Zongkaba, the founder of the Gelug Sect. In the 12th year (1379) of the Hongwu reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Zongkaba's mother built a pagoda at the birthplace of her son, and a tiled house to shelter it. This is the oldest religious building in the Ta'er Temple.
 
In the 5th year (1577) of the Wanli reign in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), a Buddhist monk built an Amitabha Buddha hall on the left side of the Daling Pagoda according to the order of the third Dalai Lama. After that, monks and disciples of all dynasties extended and refurbished the Ta'er Temple many times and made it more magnificent.
 
It attracted tens of thousands of people in different nationalities such as the Tibetan, Han, and Mongolian and so on to worship and became the center of Buddhist activities in the northwest.
 
The ridge beam, pendentive, sunken panel and Buddhist story frescos are all colorful. There is a variety of antependium, warps, streamers, flags, canopies, embroideries, barbolas and other ornaments. Various tall and gold-plated pillars, Buddhist treasure vases, bells, pagodas, Buddhist wheels, gold deer and others are placed on the roof, which decorates the Large Classic Hall and makes it resplendent and magnificent.
  
Great Hall of the Golden Roof/ Great Hall of Meditation
The Great Hall of the Golden Roof and the Great Hall of Meditation are the main parts among so many buildings. As the center core building, the Great Hall of the Golden Roof is located in the middle of the monastery. Its colorful gates, which are different in length, are carved into various flower patterns and painted with multifarious fresh colors. The surfaces of the walls are covered with green ceramic tiles and embedded with countless pearls, agates, and gems, making the whole hall sparkle.
 
Silver Tower
There is a silver tower built to commemorate Tsong Khapa inside the hall. This tower is also embedded with many kinds of jewels and wrapped with ten layers of pure white Hada (raw silk fabric presented to exalted guests to express purity, honesty and respect) to show its grandness. In front of the tower golden and silver lights and old flasks displayed more than 5,000 small golden figures of Buddha surrounding them, which enhance the stateliness of the Tsong Khapa’s statue in the shrine. In the ark behind the hall, the treasures of the Yellow Hat Sect are stored. They are considered very precious relics of the Ta’er Monastery.
 
Admission fee: 80RMB/Person
 
Opening hours: 7:00—18:30
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