T H O L I N G M O N A S T E R Y: C O O P E R AT I O N A N D C O N S E R VAT I O N Rong Fan – TAASA Review June 2008


This article was originally found in the June 2008 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 17, Issue 2, Page 9).

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T holing Monastery is one of the most significant Buddhist monuments of the many monasteries scattered through the Himalayan region.

Located near the remote town of Zhada (formerly Tsamda) in the valley of the Xiangquan River in Ali (formerly Ngari) in western Tibet, the monastery compound covers more than 300,000 square metres and is encircled by vast barren hills.

Tholing dates from the 9th-14th century, and is directly linked to the period of the Guge kingdom and the activities of the Great Translator Rinchen Zangpo (958-1055 CE)...