Yumbu Lhakhang Palace may have been the oldest structure in Tibet

Yumbu Lhakhang Palace is located on the Tashi Tsere Hill, about 5 km to the southeast of Nedong County of Lhoka. Yumbu means female deer, because the Tashi Tsere Hill appears like a female deer, and Lhakang means holy palace. The Yumbu Lhakang is the first palace in Tibet and was built by Nyechi Tsanpu, the first Tibetan King in 2 century B.C. according to the legend. Enshrined inside the Palace are statues of the Three Periods of Buddhas, statues of successive kings such as Nyechi Tsanpu, Lha Thothori Nyantsen, Rebajian, Songtsen Gampo and Trisong Detsan. About 400m to the northeast of the Tashi Tsere Hill, there is a famous spring named the Gar Spring which flows in a ceaseless stream for the whole year.

Yumbu Lhakhang
During the reign of the 28th King Lha Thothori Nyantsen in the fifth century, a golden Stupa, a jewel (and/or a form to the manufacture of dough-Stupas) and a Sutra, that no one could read, felt from the sky on the roof of the building. A voice called from the sky said:”In five generations one who understand the meaning will come.”
Later, Yumbu Lhakhang Palace became the summer palace of the 33rd king Songtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng in the Tang Dynasty. After Songtsen Gampo had transferred his seat to Lhasa, Yumbu Lhakhang Palace became a Chapel and under the reign of the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, a monastery of the Yellow Sect.

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The Yumbu Lhakhang palace may have been the oldest structure in Tibet before being mostly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution. In the 1960s, the Yumbu Lhakhang was rebuilt and beautifully redecorated. The Yumbu Lkakhang is revered by pilgrims as the location of the first appearance of Buddhism in Tibet.

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