When you first see Yumbulagang from a distance, it is quite an impressive sight. Perched atop a craggy hill makes the main tower here seem much larger than it is. Yumbulagang is said to be the first Monastery in Tibet, built by the first Tibetan King.There are only a few monks present and serves more as an attraction now. There are still pilgrims...more
Trandruk is another small Monastery with not many monks remaining. It is right on the outskirts of Tsedang and closer to the city than Yumbulagang. It is right on the road with only a small courtyard in front of the main entrance. Again, this monastery has an inner kora with lots of prayer wheels that is nice to do. Trandruk has some of the nicer...more
In the parking area for Yumbulagang are a bunch of horses. Not sure what type because they are pretty small. AND, there is one camel! Also, not the common one hump type but this camel has two humps!The horses are for hire to take you up the steep short hike to Yumbulagang. The cost is 20rmb but I'm not sure if this includes a round trip ticket....more
Behind Yumbulagang is a ridge covered in prayer flags. During your visit you will be hounded by locals trying to sell you prayer flags to hang on the mountain. I resisted and made my way up to the top which is very steep on unstable rock. Only one of the locals continued to follow me through the rough terrain. She was very elderly and I was...more
Tradruk Monastery is situated 7 km southwest of Tsedang. Monastery belongs to Gelukpa sect and founded in 7th century. It was the winter palace of Songten Gampo and his wives. Tradruk is one of the twelve geomantic temples in Tibet. These temples were built for holding down the huge ogress, Sinmo. Sinmo is a rock ogress and the mother of Tibetan...more
This is the first palace and the temple we’ve been to in Tibet. It was a last minute add-on because it was forbidden to visit Samye Monastery. We heard that it was because of the riots during Olympic Games.Palace had been built in 2nd century B.C. during the rule of first king, Nyatri Tsenpo. According to Bön legends, it is the first building of...more
My guide recommended this place. He said he eats here every time he visits Tsedang. It was a good choice. Although I had my doubts because the place is in serious need of some sprucing up with a fresh coat of paint and more accommodating tables. The wait staff are young and eager to try out there English every chance they can.I ate her for lunch...more
After our visits to Yungbulakang and Tradruk, we returned to Tsedang and had a lunch in this restaurant. It was right across the hotel we stayed, Tsedang Hotel. Now I’ve searched it from the Google maps but I could not find the exact name I was looking for. Here the clues I remember: It was on the same wide street with Tsedang Hotel. We entered to...more
The dinner was served Chinese style, with all the dishes being placed on a huge Lazy Susan in the middle of the table. The dishes were as follows:Slivers of pigs trotters (quite slimy and chewy)Yak stew (like a lamb stew)Pork with pumpkinDreid yak (tasted like a cross between lamb and beef)Fish balls (quite nice, not too fishy)Sweet and sour yak...more
The monastery-castle of Yumbu Lakhang is reputed to be the oldest building in Tibet, dating from the 2nd century. Attached to the origin of the castle, is a legend:
It is said to have been built for King Nyentry Tsenpo, who descended from heaven and was hailed a king by the people of the Yarlung Valley.
A further legend tells of 400 Buddhist holy texts which are said to have fallen from heaven and landed on the roof of the building in the 5th century.