Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Minya Konka monastery [贡嘎寺] in 1929

konkagompa2, originally uploaded by jiulong.

This is the same place as seen below. Compare the two buildings - they are similar but I suspect the lamasery has been rebuilt along the same lines. The old monastery was reportedly destroyed during the Cultural Revolution and rebuilt as seen below in 1980.

According to Rock it houses the fresco of the mountain god Dorje Lodro. Altitude 13,300 feet. The head monk at the time can be seen in the black and white picture further down this blog.

It's also interesting to note the position of the glacier in the valley behind the monastery - it doesn't seem to have receded much despite global warming

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