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Chakpori Hill

Introducing Chakpori Hill, Chakpori Hill Guide, Chakpori Hill Travel Guide
Article edited by Cathy

Chagpori Hills is a sacred hill in the city of Lhasa in Tibet, China. Chakpori Hill is in the south of the Potala and just to the left when one is facing the Potala which is the best place to take photos of Potala. Chakpori Hill is considered to be one of the four holy mountains of central Tibet.

Chagpori Hill was the site of the monastic medical college of the same name founded there by Sangye Gyatso in 1696. This medical college, which incorporated a recently restored temple made by Thang Tong Gyalpo, was supplied with revenue generating lands and with a constant stream of students by a "monk tax". It remained an important medical institution in Tibet and Central Asia up until the mid-Twentieth century.

During the March 1959 Lhasa uprising, the medical school and a temple housing statutes of coral , mother-of-pearl and turquoise were demolished by PLA artillery as the Tibetans had placed a few cannons up there. Chakpori Hill is now crowned by radio antennas, which has been viewed as "yet another Chinese attempt to demean the things of value to the people of Tibet." A road has been constructed through the spur that used to connect Chagpori with the Marpori , Red Hill, on which the Potala is built.

On the east side of the Chagpori Hill was a small temple in the cave style named Palukb Temple. Situated on the hillside of the Chagpori Hill, Palukb Temple is one of the rare cave temples well preserved during the long history in Lhasa. There are 69 Buddha carving on the wall and another 66 carvings lined on each side.

Tradition has it that the three main hills of Lhasa represent the "Three Protectors of Tibet." Chagpori Hill is the soul-mountain (bla-ri) of Vajrapani, Pongwari that of Manjushri, and Marpori, the hill on which the Potala stands, represents Chenresig or Avalokiteshvara.

Quick Facts on Chakpori Hill

• Name: Chakpori Hill
• Location: 10km from Lhasa
• Best Time to Visit: March to October
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 1 Hour
• Opening Hours: All day
• Admission Fee: CNY 10

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