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Kargyu Monastery is a white sect Tibetan Buddhist temple of the Karma Kargyu lineage. It was funded by the only local Rinpoche, Karma Tendzin Thargye in 1986. Different from other temples originating from the central plane, various halls in Kargyu Temple are blended with the beauty of Sino-Tibetan architecture, with splendid colors and extraordinary ornaments.

The monastery was built like the petals of a lotus flower, overlapping in multiple layers. Osmanthus fragrans were planted along the road to fill the whole mountain with a pleasant fragrance through all the seasons of the year.

The main architecture, Dharmaraja Hall, a blend the characteristic of Sino-Tibetan aesthetics, was constructed precisely to display the divine beauty. The main 16 meters high Golden Brass statue of the Teaching Sakyamuni Buddha, along with seven Buddhas, and a mandala plafond are three of the most attractive Tibetan artifacts in Kargyu Monastery. Among the rich collection of Buddhist artifacts in the monastery, the majority are Buddha's portraits including murals, tangka, color paintings, wood sculptures, bronze sculptures, clay sculptures, rock carvings and more.

These artworks made with exquisite details should be the legacy of the world, and have awed visitors and gained great admiration. The total architectural works in the entire mountain include Dharmaraja Hall, Xiangguang Courtyard and Wenju Courtyard, Stupa, Cave of the God of Wealth, Osmanthus fragrans forest and so on, like shinning pearls beaded along the hillside incessantly for 22 years. 

Kargyu Monastery3Kargyu Monastery
No. 91-2, Zuozhen Dist., Tainan City.
Opening hours
8:30 AM ~ 4:30 PM Daily
  • How to go
    Public transportation:

    Xingnan Bus: Getting out from Tainan Train Station, walk through the underground passage and turn left, and find the Xingnan Bus booth next to 7-11. Purchase ticket to “Zuozhen.” Or take any bus going toward Yujing and Cengwen Reservoir. The ride is about 40-50 minutes. After passing the Zuozhen Gas Station, get off the bus at “Ganlanshan,” and arrive to the parking lot. Take the side trail and walk for three minutes to arrive.

    By Car:

    (1)Southward from National Highway No. 1→Xinshi Toll Booth→Eastward turn left on National Highway No. 8→Toward Xinshi and Xinhua→Turn left on the Provincial Highway No. 20 (the Provincial Livestock Research Institute of Taiwan locates at the intersection)→Toward mountains, Zoumalai Farm, Cengwen Reservoir, Zuozhen and Yujing→The sign of “Kargyu Monastery” appears at the right side around 25 kilometer mark→Turn right on the industrial road→Arriving to the parking lot→Kargyu Monastery


Last updated:2019 / 11 / 12