Samye Monastery is located in Dranang, south of Lhasa.

It is the oldest monastery built in Tibet. This is the first monastery in entire Tibet to be built comprising with the three Buddhist idols, Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. This monastery is hugely popular with all Buddhist pilgrims from around the world. It was founded by the Tibetan King Trisiong Detsen and belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa sects.

It is said that the monastery was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt later as the residence of the 6th Dalai Lama. Finally it was completed by Rating Rimpoche.