Yumbulagang Palace perched on the summit of the Jormo Zhaxi Ceri Mountain on the east bank of the Yarlung River. The towering and outstanding Yumbulagang Palace looks like a blockhouse. It is the first palace and one of the earliest buildings in Tibet and it has a history of more than 2,000 years.It is said that it was built for Nyatri Tsanpo, the first Tibetan King by Bon believers( pagan religion prior to Buddhism) in the second century BC. Then it became the summer palace of Songtsan Gampo (the king who brought Buddhism to Tibet in 620 AD) and Princess Wencheng. The fifth Dalai Lama changed it as the temple of Old-Yellow Hat Sect in the 16th century. It was damaged heavily during the cultural revolution and was rebuilt in 1983. The locals hid the treasures prior to the Chinese atrocities and were brought back only recently.
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