Lhoka(Shannan) area is located in the south of the Gangdise Mountains and the Nianqing Tanggula Mountains. It borders Lhasa to the north, Shigatse to the west, Nyingchi to the east, and India and Bhutan on the south. Lhoka is one of the cradles of ancient Tibetan civilization. It is the region with the deepest historical and cultural origin and the most developed agricultural civilization in Tibet. There are no fancy buildings here, no bustling cities. But the stunning scenery here will never disappoint visitors. It has the first palace, the first Tibetan King, the first farmland, the first village in Tibetan history. And Lhoka is also a paradise for religious people.

The humanity landscape and the natural landscape gather here. Walking into Lhoka, you can enjoy majestic glaciers, sacred mountains, holy lakes, rivers, ancient temples, monuments, and other landscapes. Take a glance of the most famous attractions:

Samye Monastery
It often called "the first temple in Tibet" and was built around the middle of the 8th century.
Yungbulagang Palace
It was the first palace in Tibet's history, dating back more than 2,100 years.
Lhamo Latso
This lake has magic power in Tibetan Buddhism. And Tibetan Buddhists believe that they can see their past lives and present lives from this lake.
Phuma Yumtso
It is a saltwater lake in the Himalayas with the stunning scenery. It is said that it was blessed by Padmasambhava and had a divine aura.
Chimpuk Hermitage
Located 15km northeast of Samye Monastery, it is a sacred place in the hearts of many Tibetans.

Lamas at Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery

Samye Monastery(桑耶寺) is deservedly the most popular destination for travelers in Shannan.

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The most mysterious Tibetan lake Lhamo La-tso.

Lhamo La-tso

Lhamo La-tso

Lhamo La-tso is one of the holy lakes in Tibet.

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Yumbulagang Palace is considered the oldest building in Tibet.

Yumbulagang Palace

Yumbulagang Palace

A finer, tapering finger of a structure that sprouts from a craggy ridge overlooking the patchwork fields of the Yarlung Valley.

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Trandruk Monastery is the first Buddhist hall in Tibetan history.

Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery

Trandruk Monastery is one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, having been founded at the same time as the Jokhang Monastery and Ramoche Monastery in Lhasa.

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It's said Yamalung Hermitage is where the great Indian guru Padmasambawa ever practiced here.

Yamalung Hermitage

Yamalung Hermitage

It is possible to head up the valley directly behind Samye Monastery to the Yamalung Hermitage(聂玛隆圣洞), around 20km from Samye.

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Gongkar Chode Monastery is one of the famous Sakya monasteries near Lhasa.

Gongkar Chode Monastery

Gongkar Chode Monastery

Gongkar Chode Monastery was built in 1464, belongs to the Zung branch of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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The greatest Tibetan king Tsongsang Gampo also lies in Chongye Burial Mounds.

Chongye Burial Mounds

Chongye Burial Mounds

Chongye Burial Mounds, Tombs of the Kings at Chongye, or Tibetan Kings’Tombs, represent one of the few historical sites that give any evidence of a pre-Buddhist culture in Tibet.

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It is said that the Phuma Yumtso was blessed by Padmasambhava and thus had a divine aura.

Phuma Yumtso

Phuma Yumtso

Phuma Yumtso is located in the Tibet autonomous region, 210 kilometers from Lhasa, at the border of Lhozhag and Nagarze counties in the Shannan region.

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Dratang Monastery

Dratang Monastery

Dratang Monastery

About 48km east of Gongkar airport is the turn-off to the 11th-century Dratang Monastery(扎塘寺), located 2km off the main road in the Drannang Valley.

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Chim-puk Hermitage is to the northeast of Samye Monastery.

Chim-puk Hermitage

Chim-puk Hermitage

Chim-puk Hermitage (青朴寺) is a warren of caves northeast of Samye that was once a meditation retreat for Guru Rinpoche.

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Namseling Manor is the most known Serf owner estate and old building.

Namseling Manor

Namseling Manor

Namseling Manor is a well preserved manor which was built in the Ming Dynasty.

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