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The former home of the aristocratic Surkhang family. The Surkhang family was an important Lhasa family with members in prominent government posts. Surkhang Sonam Wangchen was a Kalon in the late nineteenth century and Surkhang Wangchen Gelek was a Kalon in the 1940s. The manor house complex, at the southern corner of the Lhasa Barkor near the Jokhang, contained the family printing press, the Surkhang Printery. The house was demolished in 1993 and a shopping complex, much larger than the original structure, was built in its place.



Alexander, André. 2018. The traditional Lhasa house: typology of an endangered species. Chicago: Serindia, pp. 18, 298.

Larsen, Knud, and Amund Sinding-Larsen. 2001. The Lhasa atlas: traditional Tibetan architecture and townscape. London: Serindia Publications, p. 84, 87, 127, 132, 151, 161.

Surkhang Manor House


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