The ancient palace of Yumbu Lakhar in Yarlung

The ancient palace of Yumbu Lakhar in Yarlung

BMR.6.8.73 (Transparency colour)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Yarlung Valley Region > Yumbu lakhar

Accession number


Image Dimensions

60 x 90 mm

The ancient palace of Yumbu lakhar situated on a craggy rock in the Yarlung valley. The tower is topped by a gilded rgya-phibs canopy. There are cultivated fields in the foreground.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Transparency Colour


Richardson's 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys

Other Information

Technical Information - The camera 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.] 73. Yumbu Lagang on the hill, the palace of the early Tibetan kings. [KC 10/10/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Richardson describes this site in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 319. "Further south [of Khra 'brug in the Yarlung valley] is Yum-bu Bla-mkhar (1949), the ancient palace of the Tibetan kings, prominent on a rocky hill. It is a narrow rectangular building with a slender white tower topped by a gilded rgya-phibs canopy. By tradition it was founded by the mythical king Nya-khri Btsan-po and it is associated, rather more possibly , with king Tho-tho-ri who may be placed tentatively in the middle of the fifth century. Legend has it that in his reign the first Buddhist books fell from heaven onto the roof of the palace, though they could not be understoood at the time. The story gives sanctity to the building which, which is approached by a narrow path up a steep hill and entered through a low door beyond which a steep ladder leads to the first floor. ..." [KC 17/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "The ancient palace of Yumbu Lakhar in Yarlung" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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