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Phodong Monastery, Pelling

#7 of 7 in Historic Sites in West Sikkim
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Phodong Monastery (or Phodang) 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 ..  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  more »
  • Beautiful Monastery with great landscapes around, must visit monastery in Sikkim.
  • An hour drive from Gangtok takes us to this monastery which is claimed to be the oldest in Gangtok. there wasn't much to see as the clouds were really low. But the road to the monastery was really amazing. This same road leads to North Sikkim as well. It can be your stop in the way of North Sikkim

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