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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Beautiful But Fading Light

The world's largest Buddhist academy is located in a remote place in Sertar County, China, named Larung Gar. People from all over China come here to learn Buddhism. However, it is a controversial place. Nuns and monks have suffered from demolition and imprisonment. In June 2016, the authorities imposed new rules, which put thousands of residents at risk of removal. These residents have not been given the chance to practice religion peacefully. If the oppression continues, this unique place will eventually fade from history.

This photo is a finalist in the Travel category of our 14th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2015
Date Uploaded: 06.2016
Photo Location: Larung Gar, China
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © yh neoh
Awards
Photo of the Day: 06.18.16
Editor's Pick
Finalist