Labrang Monastery is undoubtedly one of the leading monasteries of Sikkim. Labrang Monastery is sited at a distance of 2 kms from Phodong Monastery in the northern part of Sikkim. In 1814, Labrang Monastery was built approximately 100 years after the construction of Phodong Monastery. Gyalshe Rigzing Chempa took the initiative to build this monastery and he himself lived in Wangdiche, a Palace that was built nearby.
The monastery was built to commemorate Latsun Chembo of Kongpu (Tibet).
Latsun Chembo was the one, who started and propagated Nyingmapa School
of Tibetan Buddhism. The term 'Labrang' literally means 'the Lamas
dwelling'. Unlike Phodong Monastery, Labrang Monastery belongs to the
Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism. The antique structure looks imposing in the
very first sight. Another fact about this monastery is that it has been
maintained in its original condition, a contrast to the other
monasteries in Sikkim.
The location of Monastery offers a vast stretch of land that is perfect
for mass congregations. On its southern, western and northern sides, the
monastery complex is encased by dense forests. Tumlong ruins, which is
another attraction in north district, are sited just below the road
connecting Phodong and Labrang Monastery. On the whole, Labrang
Monastery is a sacred place, where one can spend some worthy moments in