Ta’er Lamasery is an important Tibetan monastery
located about 27km southeast of Xining. The lamasery was built in
1560AD as a tribute to Tsong Khapa who founded the Yellow Hat Sect
of Tibetan Buddhism. Approximately 750 monks live at the lamasery,
which has an area of 40 hectares. Han and Tibetan arts can be viewed
at the lamasery.
A guided tour of the monastery will take you through
rooms such as the Great Temple of Golden Tile, the Lesser Temple
of Golden Tile, the Great Meditation Hall, the Nine Room Hall, and
the Hall of Butter Sculpture. Ta’er is also known by the Tibetan
name Kumbum, which means 100,000 roaring Buddhas.