Phodong

PHODONG

Around 38 km from Gangtok are the monasteries of Phodong, Phensang, and Labrang. Phodang Monastery was built in the 18th century by Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal and belongs to the Kargyupa sect. Phensang Monastery was built in 1721 by Lhatsun Jigmed Pawo, who was the third incarnation of Lhatsun Chenpo. In 1947 it was completely destroyed by a devastating fire but rebuilt again the following year. Labrang Monastery is famous for its architectural style with rich frescoes detailing the interiors of the monastery. Between Phodong and Labrang Monastery are the ruins of the third capital of Sikkim, Tumlong.

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