An early Tibetan Buddhist temple and monastery located in Sumda Chun village, a remote part of the Himalayas in Ladakh at a height of 3500 meters built in 12th century. Management of this monastery is under Hemis Monastery, which appoints monks for conducting daily rituals and takes care of all activity of in monastery.
Sumda Chun Monastery is more than a thousand years old monastery containing two large Future Buddha statues and extraordinary painted stucco work. It is one of most significant scenic Tibetan Monasteries still surviving in Ladakh.
This monastery is part of a Gompa situated at Sumda Chun related to Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo, a Tibetan Buddhist Translator and is stated that it is one of three temples founded by him in one night along with Mangyu temple and Alchi monastery. Sumda Chun temple is listed among top 100 endangered sites in World Monument Funds 2006. The valley goes to way of monastery has a lovely mountain stream. Sumda Chun is the starting point of Sumda-Mangyu-Alchi temples and travelers try to complete tour in a single day.
There are conservation programs have been started to preserve architecture, sculptures, paintings and artwork of Sumda Chun Monastery. You can see numerous ornate sculptures and paintings in main hall of monastery.
Ladakh – Land of high passes: Noted for its distant mountains, natural beauty and culture. There are uncountable monasteries in which some are converted into ruins while others are still running as educational and pilgrimage sightseeing. These monuments are cultural and architectural delight and visited by both Indian as well as foreigner tourists and followers of Buddhism in large number every year.
Some other popular monasteries in Ladakh are is Hemis, Spituk, Thiksey, Alchi, Phyang, Shey and stok.
Times to Visit: May to September. This time duration is soothing for visiting Ladakh. You can take amusement of trekking and hiking in this region while visiting Sumda Chun monastery.
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