Ganden Monastery is located 57 kilometres far from Lhasa city, with the Lhasa River on the north. Ganden Monastery is one of the three Gelukpa university monasteries in Tibet.
The Ganden Monastery was first built in 1409 Ming dynasty. Je Tsongkhapa founded it as the first Gelukpa school temple. When he died in 1419, his body was buried here. In 1733, the Qing dynasty Yongzhen gave this temple the royal name “Yongtai Temple”.
The Ganden Monastery has over 50 structures. The main bulidings hera are the Main Assembly Hall, Zhacangs, Khangtsens, and Myicuns.
Xaze and Jamze are the two Zhacang for worshipping by lamas.
Khangtsens and Myicuns are the living areas for monks.
This monastery houses many rare and well preserved cultural relics with highest artistic level.