Spituk Monastery, Leh

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Spituk Monastery is located in the Leh District of Ladakh. Also known as Spituk Gompa, this Monastery is situated 8 km away from Leh. It was constructed in the 11th century by Od-de, elder brother to Lha Lama Changchub Od, and later taken over by the Yellow Hat sect, a school of Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa, during the 15th century. The Spituk Monastery, also known as Spituk Gompa, falls under the Leh District in Ladakh. It was named by Rinchen Zangpo, translator of Sanskrit Buddhist texts to Tibetan. Owing to its huge collection of antique masks, icons, antique arms, and numerous thangkas or religious Tibetan silk paintings, this monastery not only attracts devotees but tourists as well.

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