After breakfast, we will drive about 3 hours to Tsedang Town, the political and transportation center of Shannan Prefecture. This region is the birthplace of Tibetan Civilization, as well has played an important role in the development of Tibetan Buddhism.
Upon arrival in Tsedang, we will visit Yumbulagang Palace, Trundruk Monastery and Samye Monastery. Yumbulagang Palace is known as Tibet's first palace which was built by the first Tibetan King, Nyatri Tsanpo, in the 2nd Century BC. It boasts many rare sculptures and paintings from ancient times. Trundruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Tibet. It is said that the Trundruk Monastery was built by King Songtsan Gampo and later became the winter palace of the King and Princess Wencheng in Tsedang. Samye Monastery was believed to be the first official Buddhist monastery in Tibet with the basic terms of Buddhism – Buddha, scriptures and monks. It was built in 762 when the great Tibetan emperor Trisong Detsen ruled Tibet.
Note: Yumbulagang Palace has been closed for renovation since 24th August, 2017. Tourists cannot climb up and visit sites inside, but still can enjoy its magnificent appearance at the foot of the hill.
Overnight in Tsedang.