In the remote Chinese valleys of Larung and Garzê, Korean photographer Aujin Rew discovers rows upon rows of wooden huts at the largest Tibetan Buddhist teaching centres in the world.
World’s biggest Buddhist centre
A Korean photographer travelling overland from east Asia to Europe. While crossing China, he went to Kham for a glimpse of Tibetan culture. This is Larung Gar – one of the largest and most influential centres for Tibetan Buddhism in the world.
Prayer flags, Larung valley
Larung Gar was founded in an uninhabited valley by Jigme Phuntsok in 1980 and is now home for up to 40,000 monks, nuns and students of Buddhism. On the hill overlooking the encampment, these monks were taking photos of each other on smartphones.
Prayer hut, Yarchen
A nun meditating in her hut above Yarchen monastery, which is in a valley in Garzê [a Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Sichuan] and is home to more than 10,000 nuns and monks.
All photographs: Aujin Rew