Serzang Temple, Ladakh

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Serzang Temple, built in 17th century, is located at a distance of 40 km from Leh. Travellers can reach this place via the Leh - Srinagar Highway. One of the unique features of the temple is that Gold and Copper were extensively used in its construction. A statue of the Maitreya Buddha known as the Buddha of the future or the Laughing Buddha, standing tall at 30 ft, sits in the temple. The Tilopa, Marpa, Mila Raspa and Naropa are some of the magnificent paintings, which are kept in the Temple.

Figures of Buddha and people belonging to the Red Hat sect are painted in the temple walls. The Serzang manuscript which is a copy of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon that lists all the sacred texts that various sects of Tibetan Buddhism recognise, written in Silver, Gold and Copper letters, has been housed in the temple since ages.

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