Khoting temple at Lhakhang Dzong in Lhodrag

Khoting temple at Lhakhang Dzong in Lhodrag

2001. (Film negative)

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Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhodrag Region > Lhakhang Dzong > Khoting

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Image Dimensions

54 X 43 mm

Khoting (mkho mthing) temple at Lhakhang Dzong founded by Songtsen Gampo in the 7th Century A.D. It is situated at the base of a mountain surrounded by trees and bushes in the district of Lhodrag near the border with Bhutan.

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Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate

Date Acquired

Donated August 2001

Donated by

The executors of the estate of Hugh E. Richardson


Richardson's 1950 Lhodrag tour

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '4 LHOBRAG 1950' 'Gongkar. Dzaring La. Lha khang Dzong. Sras. Pemaling Tso. Ku la kangri.' is written on the cover of the negative album in white in Richardson's hand. [KC 19/4/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative index '4' - Folio 34. 'Do.' [LHAKHANG DZONG]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson's Handlist: 'Album 4. Journey starting at Gong-dkar rdzong on Gtsang-po, 29.18 N. 90. 48 E.[no.] 35. Lho-brag Khom mthing Lha-khang, reputedly a seventh century temple.'

Research publication - Hugh Richardson, High Peaks, Pure Earth , 1998, London, Serindia Publications. Plate 74.

Other information - Background: Lhakhang Dzong is situated on the confluence of the Kuru chu and Tamzhol rivers. The Dzong was an important trading post between Eastern Bhutan and Tsetang, in Central Tibet. In the middle of the settlement is the Khoting Lhakhang (mkho mthing lha khang) founded by Songtsen Gampo during the 7th century. [TS 6/6/2005] Richardson wrote of Khoting temple, "Here [at Lha-khang Dzong] is the ancient but little known temple of
Mkho-thing (1950) founded by Srong-brtsan Sgam-po as one of his twelve (some say 108) temples to bind down the limbs of a female demon manacing his kingdom and to give spritual protection to his borders. Half hidden by a buckthorn hedge, it is a little, self-effacing, white-walled building with a roof of wooden shingles and a small, a flat, slate-covered rgya-phibs topped by an insignificant gilded finial." High Peaks, Pure Earth, 1998, London, Serindia Publications. p.321. [KC 21/10/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Khoting temple at Lhakhang Dzong in Lhodrag " 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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