Shalu monastery, (near) Shigatse, Xizang, CN

Raw data

“Shalu Monastery
Around 68km from Gyangtse taking off from the main road for 5km takes you to the Shalu monastery established in 1040 by Jetsun [Chetsun] Sherab Jungnay.”

“It is recorded that Shalu Monastery was built in 1087.” -

“Shalu Monastery […] (Tibetan: […], Wylie: Zhwa-lu, ZYPY: Xalu; simplified Chinese: 夏鲁寺; traditional Chinese: 夏魯寺; pinyin: Xiàlǔ Sì) is small monastery 22 km south of Shigatse in Tibet. Founded in 1040 by Chetsun Sherab Jungnay, for centuries it was renowned as a centre of scholarly learning and psychic training and its mural paintings were considered to be the most ancient and beautiful in Tibet. Shalu was the first of the major monasteries to be built by noble families of the Tsang Dynasty during Tibet's great revival of Buddhism, and was an important center of the Sakya tradition. […] In 1329 a devastating earthquake demolished the temple of Shalu but was later rebuilt in 1333 by local lords under the command of the Mongol Emperor of China. The new architectural framework of the monastery was dominated by Mongolian styles with massive inward-sloping walls around a main courtyard and strong woodwork and glazed roof tiles from Qinghai. […] 29.12783°N 88.99262°E”

Input by: tmciolek, Jan 17, 2013

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 22 Mar 2013

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Shalu monastery, CN.

General location of the Shalu monastery, CN.
Lat 29.12731 long 88.99269
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2013.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.12731,88.99269&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Xizang Zizhiqu

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx. Lat 29.12731 long 88.99269 (see also Lat 29.12783 Long 88.99262 - The coordinates are obtained through visual identification of the Shalu site in maps/satellite imagery, - tmciolek, 22 Mar 2013.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Vajrayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1033-66p 1067-99c - tmciolek 17 Jan 2013
  • 1033-66p 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

13. Date-late

  • Active in the 2000s - Dowman (1988:271-272)
  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 17 Jan 2013

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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18. Available Printed Literature

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