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Yumbu Lakang

Southeast of Zedang Town, Nedong County 856100, China
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Closed for repairs and so was the whole hill!

Just to warn people that when we went here in April 2018 it was closed for repairs and the workmen... read more

Reviewed 28 May 2018
Wendy M
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Very unusual architecture for Tibet.

Yumbulakang was first built as a castle, so it doesnt look like the typical monastery. Beautiful... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
galinamf
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Yumbu Lakang was built for the first Tibetan King, Nyatri Tsanpo, in the 2nd Century BC and became the Tibetan Kings’ palace since then. It then became the summer palace for Princess Wenchen and Songtsen Gampo, that was during the reign of Songtsen Gampo himself. The palace became a Gelugpa monastery during the reign of the fifth Dalai Lama after Songtsen Gampo moved to the capital Lhasa in the 7th Century. The name“Yumbu” means female dear named after the shape of the Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain which looks like a female dear. “lagang” meaning Sacred palace . Hence the name of Yumbulagang” the sacred palace of mother and son” in Tibetan dialect.
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Southeast of Zedang Town, Nedong County 856100, China
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Just to warn people that when we went here in April 2018 it was closed for repairs and the workmen had declared the whole hill off limits "in case something fell on you" so we couldn't even climb up for the view! Namseling manor house...More

Thank Wendy M
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

Yumbulakang was first built as a castle, so it doesnt look like the typical monastery. Beautiful surroundings, great views on the valley and mountains.

Thank galinamf
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

At the present time, this place is the temple. You can climb up the stairs or take a horse ride. The view at the top is worthwhile.

Thank Siriwatthana C
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Reviewed 15 April 2017

This building was the first Tibetan palace, built just after the Tibetans were created out of monkeys. When the government moved to Lhasa it became and still is a monastery. It sits high on a hill. If you don't want to climb, locals provide horses...More

Thank OneAddictedTraveler
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

Others have documented the historical importance of first Tibetan palace and temple. It is a slow steady climb (30 minutes?), or horse ride up most of the way is an option. Climbing up to temples is why we are in Tibet? Carry some water and...More

Thank Margot P
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

This was built as the first palace/ fortress by the first Tibetian King Nitri Tsampo, and the architecture reflected the original purpose. However, the King moved the capital and his palace elsewhere. The climb can be a little tough if not well acclimatised. The option...More

Thank thanni999
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

It is located on the Lock hill, it is worth visiting the temple. Though it was used as a palace of the first king of Tibet. Currently used as a temple and well preserved. Main relics are well preserved. Visitors can use horse ride to...More

Thank Chimi2014
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

This was a part of my private extra tour in Tibet and definitely a great investment. The structure is perched on the top of the small hill with an atmospheric approach, nice architecture and amazing views. Really beautiful!

Thank GoranWembley
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Reviewed 23 August 2015

stairs all the way up, but easy to go slow. awesome view at the top. small and intimate. you can take a donkey up.

Thank zedulon
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Reviewed 6 November 2014

This structure is actually a castle built on a hill overlooking a valley. It is an imposing sight. You can navigate the stairs or take horse for 20 Yuan [recommended for the experience]. The interior looks like a lot of monasteries in Tibet. Behind the...More

Thank Robert G
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