Lhasa, Norbu linga Palace, Summer Residence of Dalai Lamas


This photograph shows the main entrance to the park of the Norbu Linga palace (the summer residence of the Dalai Lama) in Lhasa, viewed from the east. It is from a collection of 50 photographs of central Tibet acquired in 1904 from the Imperial Russian Geographical Society in Saint Petersburg by the American Geographical Society. Norbu Linga is also seen as Nurbu Linga, Norbu Lingka, Norbulingka, Nerbuling K'ang, and Nor-bu Ling in other sources. In Tibet (1890), W.W. Rockhill writes: “S.W. of Potala is the Nerbuling k'ang on the N. side of the Kyi ch'u. In it is a large stone tank in which the water of the river flows. It is surrounded by dense foliage and has many paths. It has a one-storied house, beautifully ornamented, with flowers, etc. Here the Tale [Dalai] lama passes some twenty days in the warm season and enjoys the bathing.” The photographs in this collection were taken by two Mongolian Buddhist lamas, G.Ts. Tsybikov and Ovshe (O.M.) Norzunov, who visited Tibet in 1900 and 1901. Accompanying the photos is a set of notes written in Russian for the Imperial Russian Geographical Society by Tsybikov, Norzunov, and other Mongolians familiar with central Tibet. Alexander Grigoriev, corresponding member of the American Geographical Society, translated the notes from Russian into English in April 1904.

Last updated: March 22, 2016