Drubthub Nunnery & Palha Lu-puk
An unmarked road lies in the southwest of the Potala leads to the Drubthub Nunnery. The nunnery is designed to commemorate Tangtong Gyelpo, who established the original nunnery on the top of Chagpo Ri. He is also a 15th-century bridge-maker, medic and inventor of Tibetan opera. Gyelpo's white-haired statue graces the nunnery's main hall. Now, the graceful white-haired statue of Gyelpo's is till in the nunnery's main hall.
Behind the nunnery there is a cave which is said to be the meditational retreat of King Songtsen Gampo. The beauty of this cave lies in its vivid rock carving, some of which have a history of over a thousand years---long enough to make them to be the oldest religious images in Lhasa. A total amount of more than 70 carvings of bodhisattvas can be found in the cliff, among which Songtsen Gampo is depicted on the west side.
On the Palha Lu-puk, there is a yellow building called chapel that gives access to the meditation cave(called durbpuk) of Pricess Wencheng, King Songtsen Gampo's Chinese wife.
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