Pemayangtse Monastery is on a hilltop overlooking the Rebdentse ruins. It is built on the highest hill in the surrounding areas; it stood out like a castle. Like most monasteries, it is surrounded by natural beauty.
The main monastery is open for visitors. Wooden steps leads up to the rooms where antique items are exhibited. Photography is strictly prohibited. The first floor of the monastery exhibits ancient Buddhist antique idols, some old paintings, scriptures and other antique items. But the most remarkable artwork is exhibited on the top floor known as ‘Heavenly Palace’ or the Sanghthokpalri. It was carved out of a single wood by Dungzin Rimpoche and took five years to complete.
Located at a trekking distance from Pelling, a small road leads up to the peak at an elevation of 2085 m. The peak offers almost 180 degree view of the surrounding area. It would have made a good view point, even without the famed monastery. The monastery also has attractive quarters for monks made of unpainted woods and stones. Their rustic appearance attracts more than repels.
Pemayangtse is literally translated as ‘perfect sublime lotus’. Looking from the Rebdantse ruins, the monastery opens up to heaven like a gateway. The Buddhist considered it sacred and it is also part of the pilgrimage circuit beginning with Yuksom, the first capital of Sikkim kingdom. It was built by Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705 and was closely linked to the Rebdantse kingdom, especially during Chodar Namgyal. He was a religious person and took up the cause of spreading Buddhism in Sikkim.