Over a century ago, Lachung was a popular spot for spiritual practices. The Samten Choling monastery in Lachung dates back to 1850. As per Chinese astrology, it was built in the year of the metal dog and this holds much religious significance. Buddhist worshippers who visit the monastery are said to be blessed with much happiness after doing so. In 1930, the monastery received many interesting additions such as a sculpture of Buddha, a sculpture of a Guru, a sculpture of Chenrezig, and Kangyur and Tengyur Texts. These additions were brought from Tibet in order to help spread Buddhism in the region. In 1983, the monastery was restored and transformed by the Lamas. As a result of this renovation, the monastery hosts all the major ceremonies in the region.
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