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Shelkar is the administrative centre for Tingri Countymarker in southern Tibet between Lhasamarker and the Tibet-Nepal Friendship Bridge, about 87 km east of Tingri marker.

It is famous for the Shelkar Chode Monastery, founded here in 1266 by a Kagyu lama, but it has been a Gelugpa monastery since the 17th century, and formerly had some 300 monks. Although dismantled by the Chinese Red Guard after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, the assembly hall and been rebuilt, and there is an active branch monastery in Boudha, Nepalmarker.

Shel means "crystal," and kar is the Tibetan word for "white."


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