Tibet’s Yumbu Lakhang to be restored

Yambu Lakhang Palace (also know as the Yungbulakang Palace), in Tibet, has began a US$1.5m restoration to ensure that it is around for many years to come.  This renovation is scheduled to be completed April 2018, which is just in time for spring time tourists to marvel in its beauty. The head of the cultural relics bureau in the area stated that the funds will be used to reinforce and renovate the palace without altering its original appearance. The palace has been in poor condition due to its decaying wooden structure and cracked building walls.

Yambu Lakhang Palace, the first palace in Tibet, is an ancient structure in the Yarlung Valley. It is located on the Zhaxi Ceri Mountain, five kilometers away from Nedong County in Lhoka, Prefecture of Tibet. It is the oldest known dwelling in Tibet, erected in the second century BCE for the first Tibetan king, Nyatri Tsenpo. The castle was destroyed in the mostly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. In the 1960s, the Palace was rebuilt and beautifully redecorated. The Yumbu Lkakhang is revered by pilgrims as the location of the first appearance of Buddhism in Tibet. The Palace has enshrined inside statues of the Three Periods of Buddhas, statues of successive kings such as Nyechi Tsanpu, Lha Thothori Nyantsen, Rebajian, Songtsen Gampo and Trisong Detsan.

The Yarlung Valley contains many of Tibetan histories and legends and tombs of the greatest kings of Yarlung Dynasty. It has almost 20 different tombs that belong to the honorable kings of Tibet. The valley, often referred to as the “cradle of Tibetan civilization”, is 72 km (45 mi) long, but contains a number of important castles, monasteries, temples, meditation caves, peaks and stupas.

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Editor’s note: Original World travels to Nepal and Tibet, April 9-21, 2018.  Join us as we visit the Yambu Lakhang Palace in person. View details: http://originalworld.com/tibet-tour/

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