Gyantse Kumbum

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Sep 02 2018

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Category: Asia, China-Tibet

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The biggest and best preserved pyramidal multi-chapel monument of the kind in Tibet. It has more than 70 – dark – chapels inside, almost all decorated with murals and statues.

Inside the Kumbum, Gyantse, China-Tibet 1996

We can look at the kumbum as a three-dimensional mandala: when you project the whole building on its ground-plan, it represents a visual metaphor of the structure of the universe. That is, according to Tibetan buddhist thought.

Structural projection of the Gyantse Kumbum

Photo of the week: Kumbum (early 15th century), Gyantse, China-Tibet 1996

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