Monk prostrating himself at entrance to Utse, Samye. Built in the 8th century, Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery to be founded in Tibet.Samye is famous for its sacred mandala design: the central temple symbolizes the legendary Mount Meru, center of the universe. It is a popular pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Buddhists, some of whom travel on foot for weeks to reach it.
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