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Tongren is a largely Tibetan town and county in Qinghai, China. It is called Repkong in Tibetan and has several interesting Tibetan Buddhist temples and gompas. Tongren is known as a center of thangka painting.

This picture was taken inside the large Rongwo Monastery (Longwu Si in Chinese), which is one of the main centres of the Gelug school (the Yellow Hat sect) in Qinghai. It is located near the town of Tongren and houses some 600 monks.

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Additional Photos by Benny Verbercht (BennyV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4388] (24669)
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