Ganden monastery

Ganden monastery

BMR.6.8.208 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhasa Area > Ganden

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

The buildings of Ganden (dga'-ldan) monastery. It is situated about 30 miles east of Lhasa. It was the first Gelugpa (dge lugs pa) monastery founded by Tsongkhapa in 1409 and housed 20,000 monks in Richardson's time. The great temple and shrine of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the monastery, may be seen in the centre of the image. The rest of the buildings are monks' quarters and lesser temples.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Hugh E. Richardson

Other Information

Technical Information - The cameras used to take this collection of colour slides (Dufay colour) were a Zeiss Super Ikonta and a Reflex Korelle. [KC 09/10/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Typewritten handlist entitled 'Hugh Richardson Collection, The British Museum. Photographs taken between 1936-50. Cameras: Zeiss Super Ikonta, Reflex Korelle. 300 colour slides (Dufay colour); copies made Jan. 1995.
[no.] 208. Ganden monastery.' [KC 11/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Ganden monastery" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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