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China: Dondrubling monastery

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Dondrubling monastery | China | Asia

[Visited: April 2007]

Jyekundo monastery, easily visible from the town, sits on a high hill. The monastery was established in the 14th century and is the very raison d'être of Jyekundo itself, which was built around it over the centuries. When I stepped around the main building, all was quiet, and I had a splendid view over the small village built around the monastery here. I first visited the prayer hall, which was actually being used - the quiet and peaceful murmur of the monks floated out to my ears.

Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Early morning light over Jyekundo Dondrubling

After just enjoying the sound, the monks came out, and I had a look at the beautifully and colourfully decorated interior. From here, I walked along the edge of the hill, with good views of the old adobe houses coloured in black, white and red. Remarkably, the painting is in vertical lines over the mainly dark grey buildings. I saw a young couple who parked their motorbike and went around a shrine clockwise, seemingly endlessly, while making jokes between them - the guy bumping the girl.

Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Buildings of Jyekundo Dondrubling are painted vertically

I walked to the other side of town, where I scrambled up to reach another imposing building. Suddenly, a fierce dog started barking at me, and was silenced only when I backed out. I walked the other way, and was invited over by an old man who was turning his prayer wheel. A very difficult trial at conversation in Tibetan followed - I managed to say something, but did not have a clue at the answers! When I tried to walk up to the same impressive building, I was again attacked by a dog, and only dared to enter when a local chased it away. I explored the backstreets - little, colourful, picturesque streets, through which every now and then monks and others passed.

Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Golden roof and building of Jyekundo Dondrubling
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Jyekundo monastery door with morning light
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Wall paiting of Jyekundo monastery in detail
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Bowing monk above Jyeku-chu valley at Jyekundo monastery
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Young monks running through alley of Jyekundo monastery
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Jyekundo Dondrubling: stairs leading up between houses
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Painted door in typical dark grey adobe building of Jyekundo monastery
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Jyekundo Dondrubling: overview of the monastery
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Golden roof of temple at Jyekundo monastery seen from below
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Jyekundo monastery: people walking the kora
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Monks of Jyekundo Dondrubling
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Typically painted building of Jyekundo monastery
Picture of Dondrubling monastery (China): Principal building of Jyekundo Dondrubling

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