Thiksey Gompa Museum


The museum is unmarked and hidden away beneath the monastery restaurant; staff should be able to unlock it. Displays include well-labelled Tantric artefacts, some beautiful legal scrolls and an amulet featuring a photo of Tibet's 9th Panchen Lama and his dog.

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