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Former Residence of the 7th Dalai Lama

Kelzang Gyatso (1708–57), the seventh Dalai Lama, was born in a cold, dark, cave-like room in the basement of this house during a period of intense political struggle. He eventually grew into a visionary leader,...

Museum in Litang

Khampa Museum

This traditional 200-year-old family house has been totally renovated and turned into an interesting ethnographic museum that recreates life in a typical Kham house and also looks at nomadic life and culture....

Park in Litang

White Temple Park

Circle the White Temple (白塔, Báitǎ) with worshippers as they recite mantras and spin the massive, house-sized prayer wheel, or join the locals just hanging out in the surrounding park. From the main intersection,...

Buddhist Monastery in Litang

Chöde Gompa

At the northern end of town, the large Chöde Gompa is a Tibetan monastery that was built for the third Dalai Lama (1543–1588). Inside is a statue of Sakyamuni, believed to have been carried from Lhasa by foot....