About a week ago we went to a very beautiful monastery in Shangri-la. The monastery is called the Ganden Sumtsenling Monastery, also known as Sungtseling and Guihuas.
A monastery is a place where monks live and pray. To pray they have multiple temples. These temples in Shangri-la are at a very high altitude so it makes breathing harder. There were just a few rules you had to follow at this temple to respect the monks.
Such as, you have to respect the religion because different people believe in different things and it’s really hurtful when you criticize them. Secondly, no photos inside the temples because it can make the paint fade on the statues and distract the monks from praying.
You are not allowed to wear sunglasses probably because it is disrespectful to their temple. Another rule is don’t wear hats. First of all it is disrespectful to wear hats inside, probably because the god can’t see your face. The monks consider this rude in the temple.
What’s very important in their culture is that you walk clockwise around the temples and inside the temples. More importantly you’re not allowed to make noises especially when they are praying (very, very rude). You are not allowed to annoy or cross the monks path because it is their home and they don’t like annoying tourists hanging around them all day.
Next to the temples there is a lake that has mostly birds living on it on an island in the middle, there are also other animals in the marshy parts of the lake, animals such as pigs, frogs and yaks which are kind of like a cow but different in some ways.
I found the temples really interesting and neat. I really liked seeing some of the monks praying and the prayer wheel which is a wheel that you spin clockwise after you make a wish and the wish will become true.
One of my most favorite things was seeing their culture in really life and not just whats on the streets, for instance the prayer flags that you see hanging in a lot of places, they are very colourful and make every thing around them seem colourful.