The architectural layout of Ta’er Lamasery and the Han Buddhist temples in the mainland is obviously different as the complex of Ta’er Lamasery is not axially symmetrical. Ta’er Lamasery is an ancient building group composed of numerous halls, scripture halls, pagodas, and colleges. The scriptures, halls and pagodas are irregularly distributed on a small hill. When tourists are playing there, the route is more casual, instead of going all the way along the central axis.
When visiting Ta’er Lamasery, if you don’t enter the scholastic courtyard or the main hall, but just wander outside, you do not need to buy a ticket. You only need to check the ticket when you enter some scholastic courtyards or halls open to the outside world. If you come here, it is recommended that you buy a ticket to tour, because you can’t worship the incarnation of Master Tsongkhapa without entering the main hall and the scholastic courtyard, nor can you appreciate the “three musts” in the temple. Ta’er Lamasery currently has more than a dozen courtyards and halls open to tourists.
There is a tour guide service at the ticket office of Ta’er Lamasery. It is recommended to hire a tour guide because Ta’er Lamasery has a very deep historical connotation. Without a guide’s explanation, you will miss many interesting stories.
Dajinwa Temple is the center of the entire complex. It is said that Master Tsongkhapa was born here. The cord blood was dripped here when the Master was born, and then a Bodhi tree grew. Later, the tower was outsourced from the tree and the monastery was repaired, so Ta’er Lamasery got its name. The believers believe that this tree and this tower are the incarnation of the master. This is a must-visit place in Ta’er Lamasery.