This extensive monastery is in a beautiful mountain setting by the Daxia River, high on the Tibetan plateau. Outside Tibet, it is the most important center of the Yellow Hat Sect (Gelugpa), of which the Dalai Lama is leader. Inside are halls, learning institutes, and sutras. Closed during the Cultural Revolution, it reopened in 1980, and is now home to around 2,000 monks.
Labrang Monastery is one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Its formal name is Genden Shédrup Dargyé Trashi Gyésu khyilwé Ling. Labrang is located in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu, in the traditional Tibetan area of Amdo. Wikipedia