The Shey Monastery or Gompa is located on a hillock in Shey in Ladakh, northern India on the Leh-Manali road. Shey was the summer capital of Ladakh in the past. The Monastery was also built in 1655 on the instructions of Deldon Namgyal, in the memory of his late father, Singay Namgyal, within the palace complex. The monastery is noted for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of a seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Shakyamuni Buddha is so named since Buddha was the sage (muni) of the Sakya people who resided in the Himalayan foothills and their capital was Kapilvastu. It is said to be the second largest such statue in Ladakh.
- AddressShey, Ladakh
- CategoryReligious Places, Tourist Places
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