A fire broke out in the monastic encampment of Larung Gar (Serthar) in eastern Tibet January 9, 2014 during the evening. According to Tibetans in the area who posted the photos on social media, at least 100 homes of nuns living at the religious complex were burnt down. Images showed plumes of smoke against the night sky arising from a massive blaze that spread quickly among the modest wooden dwellings of the nuns. There were fears that the fire will spread to the main temple. Details of circumstances remained sketchy and there has been no information about anyone injured in the blaze. The sprawling hillside settlement of Larung Gar, home to Serthar Buddhist Institute in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) prefecture in Sichuan, is one of the largest and most important religious sites in Tibet (see images at here).
Serthar Buddhist Institute
By International Campaign for Tibet|January 10, 2014|