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18:53 Sep 30 2011

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Renovation of three major Tibetan monasteries start
11:02, September 29, 2010  

Started with the renovation of Lhagyari Palace in Lhoka on September 16, the whole renovation project of three major Tibetan monasteries have been successively launched by Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) within less than one week with the earmarked fund of 140 million yuan.

The three monasteries include the Sera Monastery in Lhasa, the Samye Monastery and the Lhagyari Palace in Lhoka. The Lhagyari Palace, dating back to the 13th century, was listed among China's 5th batch of state-level key cultural relics in 2001.

According to the Cultural Heritage Bureau of TAR, the Lhagyari Palace still retains its original structure and layout. Combined with both Han and Tibetan architectural styles, the palace plays an important role in historical and architectural researches as a treasure of Tibetan architecture.

Since the Lhagyari Palace has damages in different degrees due to ageing and natural erosion, the State Council allocated 20.50 million yuan to have it repaired in one year.

Moreover, the maintenance project for the 600-year-old Sera Monastery, one of the major monasteries of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, officially kicked off on September 11. With a fund of around 46 million yuan, the project is expected to be completed in 150 days.

On September 15, the renovation for the Samye Monastery, known as the first monastery in Tibet, also started with an investment of 76.97 million yuan.

Officials concerned reiterated that the preservation work would retain the original appearance of the monasteries with lasting endurance.

According to Yudawa, head of the region's Cultural Heritage Bureau, the three monasteries are part of the preservation projects for 22 key cultural relics in TAR during the 11th-Five-Year Period with the total investment of up to 570 million yuan.

By Mirenda Wu China Tibet Information Center

(Editor:叶欣)

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