Settlement near Lhalung monastery in Lhodrag

Settlement near Lhalung monastery in Lhodrag

2001. (Film negative)

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Key Information


Hugh E. Richardson


Hugh Richardson

Date of Photo



Lhodrag Region > Lhalung

Accession number


Image Dimensions

54 X 43 mm

The monastery of Lhalung at the base of a mountain in Lhodrag near the border with Bhutan. There are also buildings further up the mountain. Cattle are grazing in the fields in the foreground with several people, one of whom has a basket on her back, among them.

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 1950 Lhodrag tour


‘High Peaks, Pure Earth’, Hugh Richardson, London, Serindia Publications, 1998 [view list of illustrations]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes on negative album - '4 LHOBRAG 1950' 'Gongkar. Dzaring La. Lha khang Dzong. Sras. Pemaling Tso. Ku la kangri.' written in white in Richardson's hand.

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Notes in negative album - Folio 84. 'Lhalung dgonpa'

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - Richardson Handlist- Album 4. 'Journey starting at Gong-dkar rdzong on Gtsang-po, 29. 18. N 90. 48 E', '[nos.] 84, 85. Lha-lung, Karma-pa monastery said to be founded c 1154. 28.5 N. 90.30 E.' [KC 7/3/2006]

Research publication - A cropped version of this image is found in High Peaks, Pure Earth , 1998, London: Serindia, Plate 78. [KC 7/3/2006]

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Lha lung (lha lung) monastery is located near Dowa Dzong in Lho drak on the north bank of the Kuru chu. (TS)

Other Information - Setting

Other Information - Setting: Hugh Richardson describes this site in High peaks, Pure Earth , 1998, London: Serindia Publications, pp. 323-4, "Some twelve miles to the north [of Padma-gling], across the sinister pass of the Sbrum-la, which climbs over a flank of Sku-lha Gangsri in the upper waters of the Lho-brag-chu, is the ancient monastery of Lha-lung (1950). Its situation resembles that of a prosperous country mansion but its religious character is at once apparent in the massive enclosing wall topped by a row of mchod-rten, several of which, including that through which the entrance lies, being of considerable size. ..." [KC 7/3/2006]

Other Information - Dates

Other Information - Dates: The date is derived from Richardson’s negative album No.4, the cover of which is marked with ‘Lhobrag 1950’. These images seem mainly to have been developed as part of a batch arising from a trip to Mug, Lhobrag etc in 1950, as well as images taken on other trips during this year (eg: Talung/Reting). The batch development numbers 608-615 on the back of the contact prints run sequentially and the images seem all to have been developed at the same time, and must therefore have been taken in or around this date. In addition, 2001., one of this batch, has also been identified on the back as having been taken in 1950 [MS 22/12/2005]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "Settlement near Lhalung monastery in Lhodrag" 05 Dec. 2006. The Pitt Rivers Museum. <>.

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