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Standing on the top of a hill on the east bank of the Yalong River far from the southeast of Naidong county about 5 kilometers, Yongbulakang (Yumbu Lakang) is the first palace on Tibetan history. It means “Mother and Son palace” in Tibetan language. “Yongbu” means doe in Tibetan language, “La” means hind leg, and “Kang” means palace. Therefore, combining these three meanings, it means “A palace on a hind leg of a doe”, giving one a kind of tender and serene feeling.
It is said that the Yongbulakang Palce (Yumbu Lakang) was built by the founder of the Yarlung dynasty - Niechi Zanpu (Nyatri Tsenpo) during the 1st century BC; therefore, it has over 2100 years history. Then it is changed to be a temporary summer dwelling palace for Srongtsen Gampo and Princess Wencheng in Shannan Prefecture. In Dalai V period, Yongbulakang Palace was changed to be the monastery of the yellow sect. It is a meditation place for many eminent monks and also a place for many “terma” to be discovered and buried.
The castle can be divided into front and back 2 parts. The front part is a 3-storey building, while the back part is a castle like tall building. Enshrined in the shrine are the statues of Thiesung Sangjie Buddha, King Niechi, KingSrontsan Gampo and the Tobu Kings after them. The legend goes that the "mysterious object" was on the roof of the castle, so Tibetan Buddhists regard here as the holy-land.
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