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History

According to the earliest known historical records in Tibet, the Zhang Zhung people migrated from the Amdo region and dominated most of Tibet. In the 7th century, King Songtsän Gampo (born circa 604 AD, died 650 AD), annexed the regions dominated by the Zhang Zhung for centuries, expanded Tibetan power beyond Lhasa and the Yarlung Valley, and became the first Emperor of Tibet.

The History of Tibet: Human beings first inhabited to the Tibetan Plateau at least twenty thousand years ago, although some archaeological data suggests that human beings may have first inhabited Tibet as early as half a million years ago...read more

The History of Lhasa: Lhasa became the religious and political centre of Tibet by the middle of the 7th century. It rose to prominence when Songtsän Gampo became the leader of the Tibetan Empire. After conquering the kingdom of Zhangzhung in the west, he moved the capital...read more

The History of Sera Monastery: Situated a few kilometers outside Lhasa, Sera monastery is one of the three great monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. Legend has it that Sera monastery was surrounded by wild roses, and that is the origin of its name (se ra = wild roses in Tibetan)....read more

The History of Drepung Monastery: Drepung monastery is one of the three great monasteries of the Gelugpa sect. It was once the largest monastery in the world, housing betwwn 7,700 monks and 10,000 monks. Today the population at Drepung Monastery has dwindled to a few hundred monks...read more

The History of Tashilhunpo Monastery: Tashilhunpo Monastery is a historic and culturally important monastery situated next to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. The monastery is the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, the second highest ranking tulku lineage in the Gelukpa tradition...read more


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