Tashi Lhunpo monastery was founded in 1447 by the 1th Dalai Lama “Gedun Drupa”. Gedun Drupa was one of the main disciples of master Tsongkhapa and this monastery is the biggest Gelugpa learning center in the Tsang region, or the present Shigatse, at the base of Nyeseri hill, that is considered sacred. After the second Dalai Lama moved to Drepung monastery in Lhasa, it become the main monastery of the successive Penchen Lamas, there are four main collages which are Shartse, Kyikhang, Tosamling and Ngakpa college. There are five major chapels to visit. Moving clockwise along the back of the monastery. The first chapel is dedicated to Cbamba, or Maitriya, the Future Buddha (of love??). It is one of the largest bronze statues in Tibet. Next to that, there are three chapels with funeral stupas for the Penchen Lamas. The one in the center is for the 10th Penchen Lama. And beside it there is the funeral stupa of the fourth Penchen Lama “Lobsang Choegyen”, who was the teacher of the 5th Dalai Lama. The last chapel on the left side was built in late 1980s and inside are combined the blessed bodies of the fifth to ninth Penchen Lamas. Below that chapel there is the main assembly hall with a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in the center. By the two sides of the wall, there are statues of Bodhisattvas and other important masters. Both in the past and at present monks from all over the Tsang area come here to study, historically even monks from Ladakh would come here for Buddhist instruction.