Situated in North Sikkim District
, Labrang Monastery is around 4 km from Phodong Monastery
. The word Labrang literally means "the dwelling place of lamas". It follows the Nyingmapa order and is commissioned in 1814 by Gyalshe Rigzing Chempa. With its unique architecture, this old structure is one of the premier monasteries of Sikkim
. The southern, western and northern sides of the monastery are surrounded by dense forests. Just below the road between the Phodang and Labrang Monasteries are the ruins of Tumlong
, the third capital of Sikkim.