2016: Larung Gar

Larung Gar, Tibet

Larung Gar, Tibet (32.1356°N 100.4565°E)

Hundreds of dwellingsall painted in a vibrant red colormake up Larung Gar, the world’s largest Buddhist institute. The settlement is located in a remote valley in Tibet and contains a population that has grown to approximately 20,000 people since its founding in 1980. In recent years, the Chinese government has started to systemically demolish homes and force thousands of occupants out of Larung Gar, claiming the settlement is too crowded and unsafe. They have also closed off the area to all foreigners. Many Tibetans fear the erosion of their language, traditions, and ways of worship in the midst of these incursions by the Chinese government. (source)

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