Samye Monastery is a fine example of the Tibetan monastery.
Originally three-storeyed, the third storey was removed in
the last decade because it had been on the verge of collapse.
Fortunately in one of the shrines on the second floor, there
is a panoramic picture of Samye as it had been which showed
the size and the position of the original monastery. It is
said that the first floor was built by Tibetan craftsmen according
to Tibet's own national pattern of architecture and the second
floor was designed by monks of the Han nationality in the
style of monasteries in central China. The third floor had
ben built under the supervision of Indian monks, and hence
it had borne the features of an Indian monastery.