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Shangri-La thangka sets Guinness World Record

Updated: Jun 24,2015 11:33 AM

A Tibetan Lamaist temple in Shangri-La of southwest China’s Yunnan province has set a record for the biggest exhibition of the art form.

The exhibition features 1,699 scrolls. Guinness World Record certification officer Gulnaz Ukassova conferred the certificate at the opening on June 21. The event also marked the inauguration of the 12-storey temple and an exhibition center.

The temple also houses a 21-meter high statue of the Buddha, as well as 2,000 Tibetan cultural relics. Thangkas are considered a kind of encyclopedia of Tibetan culture. The paintings on display showcase not only the development of Buddhist art, but also Tibetan lifestyles.