Why is the Yumbulakgang Palace special?
Perched on the mountain top, the towering and outstanding Yumbulagang looks like a blockhouse, counted as the first building in Tibet, with a history of over 2,000 years. Standing on the top of the tower house, you can enjoy the splendid panoramic view of the valley, and dream of the ancient legends of this palace.
Yumbulakgang Palace Highlights
''Yumbu” means female deer, named after its shape. “Lagang” means sacred palace. Yumbulagang, also called “palace of mother and son”. Now the Yumbulagang Palace is mainly dedicated to the worship of Shakyamuni Buddha, but wall paintings vividly show the first king of Tibet, the first architecture of Tibet, as well as the first tilled land in Tibet.
Yumbulagang Palace is mainly divided into two parts: the front part is multi-layer palace, while the back part is a square watchtower of a high blockhouse connected with the front part.
The palace of ancient Tibetan Kings
In the 7th century, Songtsan Gampo moved the capital to Lhasa and Yumbulagang gradually became a Buddhist palace. The ground floor is the palace of ancient Tibetan Kings. Now in the middle you would see a statue of Buddha with Nyatri Tsanpo's statue on the left and Songtsan Gampo's to the right.
The first floor is an elaborate hall enshrined the statues of Avalokitesvara and Sakyamuni. It's said the statue of Avalokitesvara in Yumbulagang is as ancient as that in Potala Palace.
The walls are painted with beautiful murals which tell the early history of Tibet. The most famous one of those is the first one on the left which tells the story of the first Tibetan King Nyatri Tsanpo.
The highest point of Yumbulagang Palace is a watchtower. It's said that Princess Wencheng lived here for her first summer in Tibet. Standing on the top and looking around, you can enjoy the excellent panoramic view of the valley.
Mysterious Geer Spring
The Jormo Zhaxi Ceri means "auspicious mountain" in Tibetan dialect. About 400 meters in the northeast from the mountain, there is an ever-flowing spring called "Geer Spring". It's said that the spring can cure any diseases, so most people who come to Yumbulagang Palace to worship will come here to have a drink and take a bath.