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Phodong Monastery, Pelling

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Phodong Monastery (or Phodang and Podong; Tibetan: ཕོ་གདོང, Wylie: pho gdong) is a Buddhist monastery in Sikkim, India. It is located 28 kilometres from Gangtok.

It was built in the early 18th century but an older monastery had pre-existed the current one.
9th Karmapa was invited by the king of Sikkim, where he founded three monasteries : Rumtek, one of the most important monastery of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, Phodong and Ralang Monastery.
It was reconstructed by Sidkeong Tulku Namgyal, who was recognized as the reincarnation of his uncle, Sidkeong Namgyal, the abbot of the monastery. The line was to be continued by Palden Thondup Namgyal

The monastery has a residence of approximately 260 monks and has a numerous collection of some ancient murals.
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  • This is 18th century old Buddhist monastery and is beautiful and peaceful .. it's a tourist attraction .. 
    This is 18th century old Buddhist monastery and is beautiful and peaceful .. it's a tourist attraction ..  more »
  • This is a must visit if you are into meditation or spiritual in nature. The place is calm and quiet and would soothe you inner spirit for sure 
    This is a must visit if you are into meditation or spiritual in nature. The place is calm and quiet and would soothe you inner spirit for sure  more »
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  • Its one of the oldest kagyu monastery of sikkim. The monastery has about 50 monks and it is nestled away from the busy schedules of life. Everything here is peaceful and amidst the nature one can truly enjoy peace and if the weather is favourable then the view of the leeward side of the gangtok is also visible.
  • such a beautiful place..must visit monestry in Sikkim ❤️

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