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The striking red, gray, and deep-blue walls of this monastery dominate Yushu. Built in the characteristic tapering farmhouse style of Tibetan architecture, it was established in 1398 by the Sakya School on the site of a small Bon temple. It still houses some very dedicated practitioners. One monk housed adjacent to the temple has yet to see the light of day, and is well into his forties. So keep the noise down! Evening chanting sessions are regularly held in the golden-roofed red temple. Note: Remove your shoes before entering. The dzong (fortress), whose ruins lie above the temple, once commanded an unassailable position, looking out over river valleys to the east, west, and south. A stroll beyond the ruins up the ridge gives you a stunning panorama of Yushu, and eventually of the surrounding peaks.