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Tibet Heritage Fund

This chapel within the Barkhor is a small shrine to the female protector deity Palden Lhamo, protector of Lhasa. It is said to house a statue of the figure that once stood at the Jokhang entrance but was moved to this chapel to protect the area from floods. It has only two windows and no door. At its entrance are stone tablets and an incense burner. This ancient chapel, believed to be built as early as the 7th century, is now enveloped by a large shopping center. This ancient shrine is often confused in travel literature with Tarajang (sometimes spelled Tarajhang or Tarachang), which referred to the previously adjacent horse stables that are no longer extant.

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