Tradrug temple in the Yarlung valley

Tradrug temple in the Yarlung valley

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Yarlung Valley Region > Tradrug

Accession number


Image Dimensions

55 x 55 mm

The Tradrug (Khra 'brug) temple in the Yarlung valley with trees in the background. There are cultivated fields in the foreground.

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's 1949 tour of the Yarlung and Chyongye valleys

Previous Catologue Number

Negative Album 9 No. 47

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album (slip cover) - 'Drikhung. Chongye. etc.' in Richardson's hand in white. (Yellow spine label) 'DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. KOTSHAL. RGYAMA. Ganden 1948'. (Cover) - '9 DRIKHUNG. CHONGYE. YARLUNG. GYAMA. GANDEN' [KC 15/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative index - Folio 47. 'KHRA 'BRUG LHA KHANG'. [KC 15/5/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist, Negative book '9' 'Drikhung, Chongye etc.' [nos] 47-9, 'Khra-'brug lha-khang a very early foundation, ascribed to Srong.brtsan sgam-po (d. 650) Mkyen brtrse p.124 n.237' [KC 17/5/2006]

Other Information - This negative was not found in negative sleeve 47 but between sleeve 47 and 48. [CF 26/9/2002]

Other Information - Location: Richardson mentions this temple in High Peaks, Pure Earth , London, Serindia Publications, 1998, p. 318. "Further south [of Rtse tshogs pa] is what is probably the oldest religious building in Yarlung, the much revered Khra-'brug (1949) temple. It is attributed to Srong-brtsan Sgam-po and is mentioned in an edict by Khri Srong-lde-brtsan but may well have undergone enlargement or restoration at different times. It is an echo of what the Lhasa Jo-khang may have originally looked like. The temple stands in a courtyard surrounded by a high, solidly built, red-topped white wall and a large gate-house in which is a small chapel. ...". [KC 20/5/2006]

Other Information - Historical background: Tradrug temple is mentioned in
Mk'yen Brtse's Guide to the Holy Places of Cental Tibet, Alfonsa Ferrari (Luciano Petech), Roma, Insituto Italiano Per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1958, pp. 49-50 and also p.124, note. 237.

See Richardson's
A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions, James G. Forlong Series, no. XXIX, 1985, London, Royal Asiatic Society, p. 82-3 for a description of the temple and a discussion of the relevance and meaning of the bell found in the temple and a translation of the inscription on the bell. [KC 20/5/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Tradrug temple in the Yarlung valley" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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